Blue Monday? It’s just marketing!

Apparently the third Monday in January is the gloomiest day of the year, named “Blue Monday”.

Marketing fans might be interested to know that Blue Monday — just like Mother’s Day — was originally a marketing tactic.

Created for a British travel company, the date came from an analysis of when people book holidays. Many factors were considered, including weather conditions, debt level, time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action. The third Monday in January is the day when the combined total of these factors were thought to be at the maximum.

Of course, January weather here in Ottawa isn’t always great. But cheer up — Blue Monday is just about somebody trying to sell you a winter vacation. And what’s so bad about that?

Here’s a theme song for today, thanks to CCR: Feelin’ Blue

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