Blue Monday is a lie we believe… #BlueMonday

Blues_MondayThe third Monday of January is called Blue Monday. It started all the way back in 2005 – by a travel agent trying to drum up business.

Yep, they just made it up.

But everyone buys it because everyone hates Mondays. No one has to argue it or prove it; it’s an inalienable thing – self-evident and all that.

And it’s a lie.

“Who has actually decided that this day is the most depressing day of the year?  To get some scientific clarification – Dean Burnett, neuroscientist at The University of Cardiff – has described the conclusions drawn about Blue Monday to be ‘farcical’, and concocted with ‘nonsensical measurements’. In fact, the ‘scientists’ who first reported Blue Monday were found to have received payments from PR and Marketing companies related to holiday companies specialising in winter breaks.” (

The pseudo-science of Blue Monday even has a mathy-thingy:


It is a meaningless math-like thing (kind of like the way I did math before dropping out of high school) that takes debt (first credit card bills after Christmas), a general lack of motivation (Seasonal Affective Disorder – S.A.D.), weather conditions (in the northern hemisphere), and the assumed failure of New Year’s resolutions, so you should go on a vacation. It’s B.S. (and I don’t mean a Bachelor of Science).

But follow #BlueMonday hashtags today and you’ll find it’s popular. Shame on us.

Everyone hates Mondays, and Blue Monday is the Anniversary of our hatred. But it doesn’t have to be this way.


James Callahan @jamescallahan

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James Callahan

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