Experts have calculated that today is Blue Monday – the most depressing day of the year. Triggers for Blue Monday include the weather and the arrival of the Christmas credit card bill.
Dr Cliff Arnall, a psychologist at Cardiff University’s Center for Lifelong Learning, devised the formula. 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.
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Julie Murphy, Online Editor