Blue Monday: No depression on St. Maarten

POSTED: 01/22/13 12:32 PM

St. Maarten – Yesterday was the saddest day of the year with the so called Blue Monday. Dr. Cliff Arnall, a master in research methods and creator of Blue Monday, said that with the post-holiday blues, the depths of it and the cold and harsh winter, January 21 is the most depressing day of the year.

Arnall created his idea in 2005 when he was doing some research with Cardiff University in Wales, United Kingdom, when a travel agency called him to ask what would be the best date to book a summer holiday. That’s when Arnall developed the formula behind Blue Monday; an on six factors based formula with subjects such as weather (W), debt (D), time since Christmas (T), time since failing the New Year’s resolutions (Q), low motivational levels (M) and feeling a need to take action (Na). It was calculated that most of these events would come into play by the third week of January.

Today asked several people their opinion about it and if they were as depressed as Dr. Arnall said.

“Me? Depressed?” Jennifer from Miami said. “Look where I am, I’m at the beach, sipping on a nice cocktail and looking over the ocean, you can’t be depressed over this,” she laughingly said.

Walter from Canada has a slightly different opinion about it, “I can imagine that there are people who are not in the position to go away in the winter months may feel a bit more depressed than we do now here in the sun. But if that has to be today I don’t know,” he says. “People who struggle with their bills and trying to tie all the ends together at the end of the month, especially after those expensive holidays, may feel that way. I know I will when I have to go back to the cold temperatures and my job, I will have my own Blue Thursday next week.”

Some people don’t want to know anything about Blue Monday. “I don’t like depressions, it makes me sad and I don’t want to be sad,” Clair from St. Maarten told this newspaper. “You only live once, so my motto is to make the best of it every day, don’t have regrets, no what if’s and enjoy it to the fullest,” she added. “Life is too short to feel depressed, so you have to live, love and enjoy, because before you know it’s over.”

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