Cliff Arnall, a former lecturer at the University of Cardiff, Wales, came up with a formula to determine the most depressing day of the year. By putting together the weather, our debt, salary, motivation levels, number of new year resolutions we already failed at and time since Christmas, he's determined that the day of deepest despair falls on the third Monday of every January. This year, that's January 17th.
What to do? Healthzone.ca's Elizabeth Haggarty has the answer:
Take Jan. 17 off. But don't plan anything, just curl up, forget about the gym and make sure you have a stash of chocolate within reach.
She also makes several recommendations that will make the 17th -- and probably the rest of the year -- that much better.
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