Blue Monday Darkened by Economy and Weather
Blue Monday falls on the third Monday of January and is widely considered to be the most depressing day of the year. The barrage of cold weather, stacks of unpaid Christmas bills and failed New Year's Resolutions typically contribute to this depressing day, but 2009 brings another stark reality to be gloomy about: the actual depression. Er, recession. My apologies, I'm being far too cynical.
Canadians are notably anxious about job loss in the face of an unstable economy:
More people are unhappy on the job this year than last, with 71 per cent now saying they suffer at least occasional bouts of work-induced blues versus 63 per cent a year ago.
More than half of Canadians (57 per cent) say they are not at all optimistic they will get a promotion in the next year.
Fully a third of all the 619 employed Canadian adults surveyed by Harris/Decima in the final days of November fear they couldn't find a job even if they looked.
"Between work and the economy, Canadians have even more to be depressed about this year as we approach the dreaded Blue Monday," Everest said.
The Optimists Society in Britain is seeking to combat Blue Monday with cheer packages and a free comedy show in central London today. The economic downturn has had an extremely negative effect on the retail industry in the UK, but the group stressed that in the face of tens of thousands of job losses it was important to cultivate a positive outlook on life.
Here in Vancouver, the mood is decidedly positive and chipper - perhaps due to the mounting excitement for Obama's inauguration tomorrow? The weather here lately has been curious - very foggy, but it's made for some wonderful photo ops and today the sun has decided to shine. I say, there's lots to be happy about.
Check out these 10 scientifically proven methods to promote happiness, especially if you're feeling a bit blue today.