The most miserable day of the year!

The festivities have ended, we’ve rung in the New Year, it’s cold, dark, we’re back to work and school and Spring seems and age away. Just when we think it can’t get any worse…..bang! We’re hit with ‘Blue Monday!’

But where did this miserable phenomenon come from? Blue Monday is the result of a formula created by psychologist Dr. Cliff Arnall. It includes factors such as weather, debt and low motivational levels and it pinpoints the third Monday of January as being the most depressing day of the year!  

According to the media, Dr. Arnall never meant for the day to become so negative and is now a #StopBlueMonday campaigner and happiness consultant!

So, if you and your family are feeling less than perky and need a little pick me up, here’s how you can banish Blue Monday and bound into 2018 with a smile on your face (and, of course, with a sprinkling of learning thrown in for good measure)!

This is a deceptively simple but great game that I have used for many years with my classes and it’s never failed to make us smile.

Blue Monday Bingo…. Here’s how it works.

Each day during Blue Monday week, gather your family or friends together with a dice and take it in turns to roll. Match the number you roll to the corresponding activities below. Your challenge is to complete the task and report back to the other players every evening about how it went.  

1. Compliment the first three people you talk to.

2. Write a thank you note to someone to tell them how they’ve made a difference to you and leave it somewhere to surprise them.

3. Share a smile with as many people as you can.

4. Donate something you love to charity.

5. Help a busy friend with a chore they need to do.

6. Hold a door open for others to walk through.

Research suggests that helping others and engaging in simple random acts of kindness can boost our mood, overall outlook and wellbeing. This game works because it helps us to focus on others rather than ourselves, it really is that simple!

I love the versatility of it and it can be adapted in so many ways. I'd love to hear how you get on so leave me a comment via my Facebook page or Tweet me to share how you've been spreading some happiness.  Have fun!

Check out Random Acts of Kindness for more fantastic ideas on how to spread a little kindness.

By Jennie Adams on 11th January 2018

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