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"Blue Monday"?

Blue Monday was originally identified in 2005 by academic Cliff Arnall, who thought it fell on the last full week of January.

He calculated the date using a variety of factors including weather conditions, debt levels, failed New Year’s resolutions and the number of days that had elapsed since the end of the Christmas holidays.

But over the past three years, researchers analysed more than 2million tweets posted by Britons in January looking for negative language and phrases indicating a drop in mood.

They found that today (January 6), there will be nearly five times the average number of tweets relating to guilt, as people abandon their promises to pursue a healthier lifestyle.

The analysis, by drinks company Upbeat, also found complaints about the weather will be six times higher than usual – and men will feel more miserable than women. (as per usual)

You had me at "by drinks company".

I figure December is more depressing than January for most people.

January at least is a fresh start. 

Huh, so British people have already abandoned their resolutions? By January 6?!?!

Yes, and they celebrate by dancing to New Order:

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