Monday, January 22, 2007

Jan. 22 Declared "Blue Monday"

War got you down? Upset that the Pats choked away the AFC championship game last night? Perhaps you have a case of the Mondays? Well, it could be all that plus least for today, January 22.

A psychologist at Cardiff University has declared Jan. 22 "Blue Monday". Dr. Cliff Arnall derived a mathematical formula that shows how the confluence of post-Christmas fatigue, holiday bills, bad weather and failed resolutions can make people depressed.

The formula is: 1/8W+(D-d)3/8xTQMxNA.
The factors are W for weather, D for debt from Christmas bills, d for monthly salary, T for time since Christmas. Q is the failure to keep a resolution or quit a bad habit, M stands for motivation and NA is the need to take action.