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January 24: Day of gloom?

Has the Christmastime debt finally caught up with you? Have you already broken a New Year?s Resolution? Has the winter weather bore you down and made you glum no matter how hard you try to smile?

According to the British doctor Cliff Arnalls, Jan. 24 is the most depressing day of the year. Dr. Arnalls says that misery noticeably peaks on the 24th due to dreary weather, the fact that Christmas has finally lost its magic and failed New Year?s resolutions.

?I think winter time can make people depressed,? Ellen King, history teacher, said. ?There is no sunshine, and lots of fog everywhere. But the weather is really the same all winter, so I guess it just depends on how much you miss Christmas, or how seriously you take your New Year?s resolution.

Dr. Arnalls included a mathematical equation with his claim. The formula: 1/8W+(D-d) 3/8xTQ MxNA represents weather, debt, failure to quit a bad habit, poor motivational levels and the need to take action and do something about it.

?I think in January, people do not have anything to look forward to,? King said. ?Maybe other people are sad, but I am not depressed at all.?

Others disagree with King?s optimistic outlook on January.

?I am depressed this month because Night of the Stars is coming up, even if that is the only reason,? Taylor Motte, ?09, said. ?I am the editor of the freshman movie and I have to finish it soon. It?s making me really stressed out.?

Whether or not the fabled melancholy-in-January syndrome exists in either Great Britain or America, Jan. 24 seems to represent some form of depression. For some this gloom lingers while others choose to have a more joyous outlook.

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