“Blue Monday”: why is Monday January 18 the most depressing day of the year?

If Monday mornings are often accompanied by a slight drop in spirits, this Monday January 17, called “Blue Monday”, would be considered the most depressing day of the year. Explanations.

Have you been feeling down since waking up? You are simply affected by “Blue Monday”, the third Monday of the first month of the year, during which we would be most inclined to brood. It was in 2005 that Cliff Arnall, a British psychologist at Cardiff University, popularized this “blues Monday”, based on a rather far-fetched “mathematical” operation.

It would be enough to make an equation between the temperatures (necessarily very low at the beginning of the year), his level of indebtedness, his monthly salary, his level of motivation and the time elapsed since the failure of our good resolutions. A calculation obviously very subjective, which however did not prevent Cliff Arnall from implanting the “Blue Monday” in the collective unconscious.

An operation orchestrated by a travel agency

What if it was all just a big hoax? The British travel agency Sky Travel would indeed have orchestrated a vast marketing operation by soliciting the psychologist to promote this idea – which has no scientific value – against remuneration. The goal ? Encourage potential customers to book a well-deserved vacation.

QAPA, a 100% online temp agency, has interviewed more than 4.5 million people this year, i.e. the total number of candidates it brings together on its platform, in order to see if French morale was high. good weather at the start of the new year. Unsurprisingly, due to the coronavirus pandemic, 72% of French people indeed feel more depressed than last year at the same time.

According to a survey carried out by the Qapa agency in 2020, 68% of French people knew what “Blue Monday” was in 2019 compared to 23% in 2018, while 41% of those questioned say they are more depressed during this day.

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