Blue Monday

Desirée Glanville

Alkmaar, Netherlands

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Blue Monday (Also known as Black 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.

Arnall says the date was calculated by using many factors, including: weather conditions, debt level (the difference between debt accumulated and our ability to pay), time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action. Writing about the calculation, Goldacre stated: … the fact is that Cliff Arnall’s equations … fail even to make mathematical sense on their own terms.1

This date allegedly falls on the Monday of the last full week of January. The date was declared by Arnall to be 24 January in 2005,4 23 January in 2006,5 22 January in 2007,6 21 January in 2008,7 19 January in 20098, 18 January in 2010 and 24 January in 2011 9

There has been some confusion in 2011 over which date Blue Monday falls on, with a few people who haven’t checked claiming that it falls on the 17th.10

Mr Arnall also says, in a press release commissioned by Wall’s ice cream,11 that he has calculated the happiest day of the year – in 2005, 24 June,12 in 2006, 23 June,13 in 2008, 20 June,14 in 2009, 19 June15 and in 2010, 18th June.16 So far, this date has fallen close to Midsummer.

Blue Monday how I hate blue Monday!
Gotta work like a slave all day.
Here come Tuesday
Oh, hard Tuesday
I’m so tired, got no time to play
Here come Wednesday
I’m beat to my socks
My girl calls, gotta tell her that I’m out
Cause Thursday is a hard working day,
And Friday I get my pay

Saturday morning
oh Saturday morning
All my tiredness is gone away
Got my money and my honey
And I’m out on the stand to play

Sunday morning my head is bad.
But it’s worth it for the time that I had
But I got to get my rest
because Monday is a mess.

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