the true origin of the “saddest day of the year”

Being down, feeling down, or feeling down are some of the expressions used in the Spanish language to describe a state of mind. restlessness or sadness. In English, for its part, all of them could be included in one: to feel bluewhose literal meaning would be “feeling blue.”

Thus, this formulation is what gives rise to the Blue Monday, which in 2024 is celebrated – or, rather, lamented – on Monday, January 15. This anniversary arose a little more than two decades ago, from the hand of psychologist Cliff Arnall, who apparently determined when it would be the saddest day of the year through a formula that took into account different factors such as: the weather, debts acquired during the holidays, the time elapsed since Christmas or motivation regarding the goals set for the year.

The post first appeared on www.nationalgeographic.com.es

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