Most people refer to Mondays as “Blue Monday.” Have you ever wondered where the term came from?
Blue Monday is a name given to a date stated, as part of a publicity campaign by Sky Travel, to be the most depressing day of the year.
This date was published in a press release under the name of Cliff Arnall, at the time a tutor at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, a Further Education centre attached to Cardiff University. Guardian columnist Dr. Ben Goldacre reported that the press release was delivered substantially pre-written to a number of academics by public relations agency Porter Novelli, who offered them money to put their names to it. The Guardian later printed a statement from Cardiff University distancing themselves from Arnall: “Cardiff University has asked us to point out that Cliff Arnall… was a former part-time tutor at the university but left in February.”
According to a press release by a mental health charity, the formula is:
where weather=W, debt=d, time since Christmas=T, time since failing our new year’s resolutions=Q, low motivational levels=M and the feeling of a need to take action=Na. ‘D’ is not defined in the release, nor are units.
Interesting isn’t it? Oh! The things we learn everyday.
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Happy Monday folks!! Cheer up.. we have a week to go through.. 4 days to the weekend 🙂
- Blue Monday: The most depressing day of year? (newslite.tv)
- Lets make Blue Monday Rant Monday wed likely feel better (theglobeandmail.com)
- What is the most depressing day of the year? Blue Monday, Jan 17 (nowpublic.com)