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This is the most miserable day of the year

This is the most miserable day of the year. Source: Getty

The third Monday of January, today, is apparently the most miserable day of the year. 

According to psychologist Cliff Arnall, who coined the term back in 2004, with Christmas and New Year a distant memory, our debts catching up with us and our career woes kicking in again, January 21 is the perfect concoction for a terrible day.

But Arnall, who created a ‘scientific formula’ for Blue Monday for travel firm Sky Travel, has since revealed that formula was fake.

"I was originally asked to come up with what I thought was the best day to book a summer holiday but when I started thinking about the motives for booking a holiday, reflecting on what thousands had told me during stress management or happiness workshops, there were these factors that pointed to the third Monday in January as being particularly depressing,” he told The Daily Telegraph in 2013.

In fact, Arnall thinks January is actually not that depressing at all.

“Whether embarking on a new career, meeting new friends, taking up a new hobby or booking a new adventure, January is actually a great time to make those big decisions for the year ahead.” 

But if January 21 is getting to you regardless, it could be time to switch lanes.

According to new research from GoDaddy, over half of all Aussies are considering a career change. 

What’s more, 39 per cent of Aussies are dissatisfied with their jobs, and one-in-three are planning on quitting to start a business. 


Around 35 per cent of Aussies are seeking a bigger paycheck, 30 per cent want an improved work/life balance and almost one-in-five just want to pursue a real passion.

Natasha Ritza quit her job to turn her side hustle into a full-time business with her sister this year in order to pursue her passion.

“I’ve always wanted to make an impact in whatever I've done,” Ritz said. 

“My sister and I are very passionate about empowering women and changing the way they represent themselves in society, and there are few better ways to make that impact than starting a business. 

“So starting in 2020, I’ve left the 9-5 life behind to do something that challenges and rewards me.”

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