Blue Monday 2021 | January 18th - What exactly is blue money?

If you are feeling super down and blue this morning for absolutely no reason we must warn you that you are not alone. even though there is no actual science behind this it's generally felt by everyone in North America. Coined by a UK travel company back in 2005.

Here is how wikipedia says the determined the date:


The date is generally reported as falling on the third Monday in January,[7] but also on the second or fourth Monday.[7] The first such date declared was 24 January in 2005 as part of a Sky Travel press release.[8]


The formula uses many factors, including: weather conditions, debt level (the difference between debt accumulated and our ability to pay), time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action. One equation used by Arnall in 2006 was:[2]

where Tt = travel time; D = delays; C = time spent on cultural activities; R = time spent relaxing; ZZ = time spent sleeping; St = time spent in a state of stress; P = time spent packing; Pr = time spent in preparation. Units of measurement are not defined; as all the factors involve time, dimensional analysis of the "formula" shows that it violates the fundamental property of dimensional homogeneity and is thus meaningless.

The 2005 press release[8] and a 2009 press release[9] used a different formula:

where W=weather, d=debt, D=monthly salary, T=time since Christmas, Q=time since failing our new year's resolutions, M=low motivational levels, and Na=the feeling of a need to take action. Again, no units were defined; the lack of any explanation for what is meant by "weather" and "low motivational levels" means the dimensional homogeneity of the resulting "formula" cannot be assessed or verified, rendering it even more meaningless than its predecessor.

Ben Goldacre has observed that the equations "fail even to make mathematical sense on their own terms", pointing out that under Arnall's original equation, packing for ten hours and preparing for 40 will always guarantee a good holiday, and that "you can have an infinitely good weekend by staying at home and cutting your travel time to zero".[2] Dean Burnett, a neuroscientist who has worked in the psychology department of Cardiff University, has described the work as "farcical", with "nonsensical measurements".[10]

Source: Wikipedia

Now you didn't think we were just going to tell you today is probably not the best day in your life without giving you a few helpful hints to kick that funk, did you?

Here are a few things that will help you boost you energy and mindset.

  1. Drink lots of water - Water helps with everything

  2. Get some exercise - Just get your blood flowing is all we're saying

  3. Talk to 5 of you friends for no reason - They probably need it, just like you

  4. Put some happy music on - No DO NOT play the song Blue Monday

  5. Get some sun - lack of Vitamin D is a major reason you feel like this

  6. Throw something away that holds bad energy - everyone has these things around

  7. Make plans to do things - Everyone needs things to look forward too

  8. Have sex - self explanatory

  9. Get some fresh air - In a world of masks, just go maskless for a day, it will help!

  10. Post a positive quote on social media - it needs more positivity, especially today.

Interesting fact: While looking for information for this article we notice that Wikipedia is 20 years old today! Happy Birthday wikipedia! From all of us at Public Relations Canada.

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