Everyone hates January, don’t they? There are no more sparkly lights or mince pies. We’re all back at work after a glorious few weeks off. The Christmas telly has finished and Grey’s Anatomy isn’t back yet. And every one on our Facebook feed has gone vegan, stopped drinking, and posted nothing but post-workout pics and videos of them making smoothies. It’s a wonder we keep January around at all.
Except, I love January. January is my birthday month, and I LOVE my birthday. The anticipation keeps me going right the way through until the 29th, and so I miss out on the usual post-Christmas gloom. And one thing that has never claimed my happiness, one thing that I’ve never got, is Blue Monday. Apparently, this is the one day that we are more miserable than any other. It’s three Mondays into January, the weather is terrible, and, unless you have an awesome birthday to look forward to, we’re all super sad.
A quick google will tell you that Blue Monday is this Monday and, in fact, total rubbish. The concept was first publicised in 2005 by holiday company Sky Travel, who claimed to have calculated the date using an equation. However, the equation only applies to people living in the Northern Hemisphere, and most scientists deride the formula as nonsense. Blue Monday is actually nothing more than a marketing ploy – an attempt by travel companies to make you think you’re sad and book more escapist holidays. But – and hear me out here – I think we should roll with it. In fact, I think we should celebrate it.
It’s not like travel companies picked this concept out of thin air – most people are miserable in January. So why not have a day where we point that out? Why not create an excuse for people to admit they’re not having a nice time, so that we have an excuse to do something about it? I don’t know about you, but I’m terrible at being nice to people without some sort of reason. Sure, I think it would be nice to randomly bring cookies into the office, but I live in fear of someone saying, “So, what’s this in aid of then?” and having to respond, “No reason, I just thought it would be nice…”
So if you’re like me, if you’re too British or too cool for school to make a nice gesture without a damn good reason, or if you selfishly want everyone to enjoy January so that there are no glum faces when your birthday rolls around, let’s embrace Blue Monday and turn it into a national day of kindness. Drop treats on your neighbours’ doorsteps, or go around the neighbourhood picking up litter so it’s nice when they get home. Do the cleaning, make dinner or offer to watch the kids so your partner can have a Monday night all to themselves. Text your friends with reasons why they’re great, instead of secretly thinking it but being too lame to say it directly. Whether Blue Monday is a thing or not, let’s always look for more reasons to be kind.
Written by Chloe Satchell-Cobbett, Deputy Editor, Liberti