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This really isn't the most depressing day of the year

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David Gregory | 10:15 UK time, Monday, 18 January 2010

This is the This morning Jim Hawkins and his listeners on BBC Radio Shropshire will be battling back against the blues on what scientists tell us is the most depressing day of the year derived via a formula and everything.

Well I'm happy to do my part by revealing that actually today is no more depressing than any other Monday and in fact the "research" behind this story is more than a little flimsy.

Believe it or not the "formula" that lead to this amazing discovery... hang on. I'm going to end up sprinkling inverted commas throughout this post like confetti. I apologise in advance.

The "formula" was in fact created by a PR firm who put out an email looking for scientists who were prepared to put their name to it. You can find the email and much more on the blog of the ever excellent Ben Goldacre who also runs the Bad Science Blog.

Turns out this isn't the most depressing day of the year, but it is the day of the year when a travel company might want to nudge us into thinking about booking our summer holiday.

That said it's Monday and who wouldn't want cheering up? So tune into Jim on BBC Radio Shropshire. And you can follow him and me on Twitter.

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