Another psychologist, Dr. Cliff Arnall, came up with a formula that pinpoints the third Monday in January as the most depressing day of the year. He actually has a formula for calculating the exact date which involves seven factors – the weather, debt (from over-spending during the holidays), monthly salary, amount of time since Christmas, amount of time it took you to fail at your New Year’s resolution, low motivational levels, and the need to take action. You know, some people just have too much time on their hands! I can’t imagine how much either doctor makes for discovering people get depressed during the winter, or for pinpointing the most depressing day (or month), but here’s my advice if you think you suffer from S.A.D.:
1. MOVE TO A SUNNY, WARM PLACE. If snow and ice get you down THAT much, it’s in your best interest to move closer to the equator.
2. CUT UP THE CREDIT CARDS. Don’t spend what you don’t have. Give ten percent of what you earn back to God and I promise you’ll never be without what you need.
3. GO PLAY WITH SOME KIDS. I’ve got a few that would love to spend some time playing with you – rain, snow, sleet, hail – doesn’t seem to bother them one bit!
4. PAT YOUR OWN SELF ON THE BACK. It’s okay to think that you’re all that and a bag of chips. If you are, you shouldn’t have to say it; just show it. Others will see it and maybe a raise in that monthly salary, or your motivational level will soar.
Now…can someone pay me six figures for my four steps to being G.L.A.D. – Genuinely Loving-Life Attitude Disorder? Okay, “disorder” doesn’t work on the end, but you get the point!
I should also point out that Dr. Arnall has calculated June 24th as the happiest day of the year. That just happens to be the first weekend after school’s out – yes!! I can agree with that being my happiest day!
Peace and Blessings!