Jan 07, 2014

By Andy Johnson

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If you are reading this, congratulations, you have survived the worst day of the year. According to researchers in the United Kingdom, the first Monday back at work after the holiday break is “Blue Monday”, the most depressing day of the year thanks to divorce, weather and jobs. Over the past three years, researchers have analyzed more than two million tweets posted by Britons in January looking for negative language and phrases indicating a drop in mood. They found that on “Blue Monday”, there will be nearly five times the average number of tweets relating to guilt, as people abandon their promises to pursue a healthier lifestyle. There will be about six times the usual complaints about the weather and men will feel more miserable than women. “Blue Monday” is also known as “Divorce Monday” in England. It is the most popular day of the year for starting divorce proceedings.

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