What's the most depressing day of the year?

Dr. Cliff Arnall, a U.K. Professor, has stated that January 22nd is the most depressing day of the year, for reasons such as:

- the realization that you really won't fulfill your new year goals

- it's cold and dark and farthest from warm weather

- the holiday/vacation season is over

They all seem like valid points. However, Hitwise, a web analytics company, has plotted the number of searches for "depression" over the last few years, and found a different story. Depression actually PEAKS in the holidays and spring time, and depression overall is on the decline. This is all based on people searching for the term, which is only directional at best, but interesting none the less.


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