Having a Bad Day?
I like the sun.
Part of that is the sun’s role as sustainer of life on earth, of course, but also because I just feel happier when sunlight lasts longer.
And I’m not alone. Many people actually suffer from winter depression, clinically known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (with the perfect acronym “SAD”), due to the lack of sunlight.
According to Dr. Cliff Arnall at Cardiff University, this well-known syndrome is part of the reason why tomorrow—Monday, January 21—will be the most depressing day of the year.
This article from Time addresses Arnall’s formula, which also includes holiday shopping bills coming due, chilly weather, unsuccessful New Year’s resolutions to predict that the third Monday in January is “Blue Monday.”
Many academics write off his theory, but so what? It raises some interesting points: If putting ourselves in debt and making unrealistic resolutions only make us depressed, why do we keep doing these things?
I spent some money, but I can pay the bills. Every day or two—not just New Year’s Day—I resolve to do something better, but I try to set achievable goals.
We control our own mood much more than we give ourselves credit for. Therefore, I resolve that “Blue Monday” is a day of celebration, not a day of depression.
Think a happy thought. Do a good deed. Acknowledge the great things going on in your life.
And realize that your attitude does not depend on sunlight or others’ views. Happiness comes from within.