Tuesday, March 01, 2005

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!


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