### Worth a nobel Prize?

Can you believe it? A British psychologist has calculated the year's "most depressing day," and get ready—it's Monday! Dr. Cliff Arnall, who specializes in seasonal disorders at the University of Cardiff, Wales, created a formula that takes into account numerous variables to calculate peoples' emotional nadir.

The model is:

([W + (D-d)] x TQ) / (M x NA),

where W is weather, D is debt, d is monthly income, T is the number of days since Christmas, Q is the number of days since New Year's resolutions were abandoned, M is motivational levels, and NA is the need to take action. I have reproduced this gem from here. If you are so inclined, you will find more details here.

However, I believe that by adjusting the model to take into account the fact that here in the Southern hemisphere the weather (W) should be a “good variable”, it may even turn out that the original calculation is wrong and that the "most depressing day" is NOT a Monday. Methinks that this equation, in its present form, only holds true when applied to the unfortunates who happen to be in Wales just after Christmas. Now that’s REALLY depressing!

The model is:

([W + (D-d)] x TQ) / (M x NA),

where W is weather, D is debt, d is monthly income, T is the number of days since Christmas, Q is the number of days since New Year's resolutions were abandoned, M is motivational levels, and NA is the need to take action. I have reproduced this gem from here. If you are so inclined, you will find more details here.

However, I believe that by adjusting the model to take into account the fact that here in the Southern hemisphere the weather (W) should be a “good variable”, it may even turn out that the original calculation is wrong and that the "most depressing day" is NOT a Monday. Methinks that this equation, in its present form, only holds true when applied to the unfortunates who happen to be in Wales just after Christmas. Now that’s REALLY depressing!

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