You might have heard a bit of talk dubbing today the “Most Depressing day of the year”.
Today’s dubbed “Blue Monday” – due to the combination of being back at work, motivation, Christmas debt, and so on and so on.
But if you’re like us, you might be thinking there’s something not quite right here:
We have a long weekend coming up, the sun is shining, most of us have a few more weekend escapes on the cards and it’s hard to be sad when you’re able to spend every evening drinking bevvies in the sun (or is that just us?).
It turns out Blue Monday is actually only applicable in the Northern Hemisphere where the weather is downright awful.
More over, it was actually started as a marketing campaign trying to sell holidays to SAD affected Brits - and experts say it's a load of rubbish.
So if you’re thinking that this can’t possibly be the most depressing day of the year for Aussies you’d be right (we reckon that's gotta be somewhere deep in the depths of winter).
So, slap a smile on your dial, enjoy the sunshine and spare a thought for your sad, shivering Northern Hemisphere mates – apparently they are having a bad day today.
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