Today, your Case of the Mondays is actually a semi-legitimate excuse for being extra pissy towards your coworkers.
Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 is officially the worst day of the entire year. You’re not getting anymore belated Christmas presents, New Year’s Eve was more disappointing than ever and you’ve already broken your New Year’s resolution to stop eating carbs when you accidentally ordered that pizza at 3:00 a.m. on Saturday.
Today is, quite literally, the worst.
“Blue Monday” was originally calculated to be considered the worst day of the year on the Monday of the last full week in January by British pseudoscientist Cliff Arnall, according to The Daily Mail.
His calculation suggested that all of these factors made the last Monday in January the least happy day of the year, using the calculation:
where “weather=W, debt=d, time since Christmas=T, time since failing our new year’s resolutions=Q, low motivational levels=M and the feeling of a need to take action=Na,” according to the always reputable Wikipedia.
But over the past three years, researchers have mined social media data of over two million people in the U.K. and found that people were more likely to complain about the weather, guilt over resolutions and fewer posts about living a healthier lifestyle on the first Monday back to work after the new year. (This could also be because British people like to complain and it rains all the damn time there.)
The happiest days of the year are supposedly Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day and the first warm day of the year.