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Monday, January 18, 2010

For Most of U.S., it's MLK Day, For Rest of World, Blue Monday

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Another kind of blue Monday, or maybe just consolation if you have to work on this one. - FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/MONIQE
  • Another kind of blue Monday, or maybe just consolation if you have to work on this one.
Today is Martin Luther King Day here in the U.S. (with a few exceptions, like Riverfront Times world headquarters). And it's a damned good thing, too, because otherwise, we'd be observing Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year.

This news comes to us via London's Daily Mail, a publication reviled as a source of legitimate news but secretly revered as a source of entertainment. (Think of it as the British equivalent of the New York Post, or maybe the National Enquirer, if the Enquirer came out every day.)

Anyway, writes someone identified only as "DAILY MAIL REPORTER":

Today is officially Blue Monday - the most miserable day of the year.

A combination of Arctic temperatures, Christmas debt and the next pay day feeling like it's months away leaves many of us depressed and unable to face work.

And to make matters worse, you probably can't afford to take time off sick thanks to the recession or because you've already had days off as a result of the snow.

And this news is official, people, not just the result of an informal poll of other DAILY MAIL REPORTERs hanging out at the water cooler (or bubbler, or whatever they call it over there).

FirstCare, "a company that helps firms tackle absenteeism", actually studied depressing days at work and determined that today is Blue Monday. Aaron Ross, its CEO, "[urges] businesses to support their staff through difficult times and reduce absenteeism." He did not, however, offer any concrete suggestions, at least none that the DAILY MAIL REPORTER thought worthy of committing to print.

So it seems that, in addition to all his great work as a minister and civil rights leader, Martin Luther King's other great contribution to his fellow Americans was getting born in January, at exactly the time when workers most need a day off.

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