After the fun of the festive season going back to work in the post-Christmas gloom can be a bit depressing.
The third Monday in January has become known as “Blue Monday” and is said to be the most depressing day of the year, according to some media reports.
The phrase was first used in a 2005 press release from holiday company Sky Travel which claimed to have calculated the date using a statistical equation.
Many scientists say there is no real evidence to support the claim that this is the worst day of the year, although most people dislike gloomy mid-winter days.
In order to counteract Blue Monday, some people like to perform acts of kindness for their colleagues and loved ones.
So if your colleagues look depressed on Monday, January 18th, you might like to think of a small act of goodwill to make them a bit happier. Who knows, an annual day of kindness might catch on and become an office tradition.