The Monday of the first full week in January is known as “Blue Monday” – officially, the most depressing day of the year. Blue Monday was originally identified in 2005 by academic Cliff Arnall and has continued to be analyzed and studied in recent years, specifically by analyzing “tweets” posted on Twitter in the month of January. “Blue Monday” may be considered the most depressing day of the year for reasons such as the end of the holiday season, the return to work after many days and/or weeks off, failed New Year’s resolutions, holiday debt, and the long stretch of gloomy and cold weather ahead.
But legal experts have also coined Blue Monday as “Divorce Monday”. Statistically, this is the busiest day of the year for divorce lawyers. Many factors are said to contribute to this increase in divorce filings in January, including the dissipating of feelings of “holiday cheer”, quarrels over holiday debt couples find themselves in, too much family time over the holidays, and general depression and sadness due to lack of sunlight and cold temperatures.
Divorce lawyers in both the US and UK report that January, generally, is their busiest month, seeing the highest rate of divorce inquiries during this month.
While not everyone gets behind the hype of new year’s resolutions, it can’t be denied that the beginning of a new year is indeed the perfect time for a fresh start and some self reflection.
Whatever your resolution or hope for 2014, we wish you a happy, prosperous and fulfilling new year!