Researcher: Jan. 17 ‘Saddest Day Of The Year’

By Rachel Slavik, WCCO-TV

NORTHFIELD (WCCO) — Do you have a case of the Monday’s? You’re not alone. A British researcher says the third Monday in January is the saddest day of the year.

Psychologist Cliff Arnall used a math formula to come up with the theory of “Blue Monday.”

His theory factors in weather, failed New Year’s resolutions, the post holiday blues, debt, and low motivation levels and urgent feelings. But this year, the saddest day of the year, doesn’t seem to be living up to its name.

At the Goodbye Blue Monday coffee shop in Northfield, not one customer could back up the saddest day theory.

“I wouldn’t say saddest, because I had few good times with friends,” said Jake Rebhan, a customer.

“I’m having a great day, fantastic,” said Daniel Riggins, the owner of the café.

It could be the Martin Luther King holiday that’s keeping spirits up.

The same researcher has some suggestions for combating the blues on “Blue Monday.”

Arnall recommends using the day as a springboard for a higher quality of life. For example, he says keep Christmas spending down this year, which will most likely make you less depressed next January. He also says to keep a positive attitude.

In contrast, June 17 is the happiest day of the year, according to Arnall.

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  • mark from

    Sorry it’s just a theory, living the dream here!!

  • Mark in TX

    Oh how wonderful, to discover your birthday is the saddest day of the year

  • Joe in BP

    I always new my birthday was the happiest day of the year (June 17th)! I didn’t need a news article on WCCO to explain that!

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