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Today, Jan 23rd - The Gloomiest Day of the Year


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LONDON (AFP) - Watch out: Monday, January 23 is going to be the unhappiest day of the year, according to a British university researcher.

Cliff Arnall, a health psychologist at the University of Cardiff, specialising in confidence-building and stress management, told AFP the prediction was the result of some gruelling mathematics.

Post-Christmas blues, the return to work after the holidays, mounting bills to pay for the parties, the challenge of keeping New Year's resolutions, the slender prospects of fun in the weeks ahead and chilly winter temperatures for those in the northern hemisphere all add up, he said.

These factors, which he combined in a complex formula, came out showing that the Monday closest to January 24 would be the most dismal of the year.

He quizzed several hundred people for the investigation.

So now we know, would we not have been better off without the bad news?

Not at all, according to Arnall.

Those in the know are in a better position to beat the blues, he insisted.

"You can us it as a springboard to make changes. It can encourage people," he said.

However, those in misery on Monday at least have something to look forward to.

According to the same mathematical formula, June 23 is the happiest day of the year.


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I guess that this guy could have a point. I did turn 40 today!!! :laugh: :laugh:

Congrats. I am 31 today and wasn't too wild about this thread title or the article. Then again, I really don't make a big deal about my birthday. I really don't care. To me it's just another day.

Maybe it's because it's such a gloomy day. :(

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Gotta agree here...I should be at work and safe but am working from home with my sick daughter and am barefoot and went towards the kitchen and clipped my pinky toe on the wooden foot of an ottoman and looked down and either dislocated it badly or broke it.....the tip with the nail was bent perpendicular towards the toe next to it so i move it back into place in two clicks and it hurts like a mutha. Great day.

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