Wednesday, January 23, 2008


No wonder Hillary and Barack got into such a bruhaha in Monday night’s debate with John Edwards having to break in to remind them that he was supposed to be a part of the debate too. It was “Blue Monday”! Besides that, Connie reminded me, it was a full moon. What more could you expect?

In case you didn’t know before, “Blue Monday” is the designation for “the unhappiest day of the year,” which usually falls on the Monday of the fourth full week of January. According to an article in Tuesday’s Daily Mail

Dr Cliff Arnall, a Cardiff University psychologist, devised the formula that shows today is the most depressing.

His equation takes into account six factors: weather, debt, time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and the feeling of a need to take action.
Taken together they pinpoint today as 'Blue Monday'.

And that cosmic calculation was made without reckoning that the full moon was about to break upon us and presumably, without knowing that stock markets around the world would tank—drop to their lowest levels since who knows when. Or, is “Blue Monday” the reason they went into free-fall?

The good news is that if the 21st was the most depressing day of the year, every day from now on (until next January) should be better. Do you suppose Adam Smith’s “invisible hand” that guided economic forces understands that the concept of “Blue Monday” and the coincidental full moon?

Have a great day! After all, we are in the second day of the road to happier days.

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