Beating the Monday Blues
Helping someone is the best way to fight off the January blues, according to charity ActionAid.
Bad weather, Christmas debt and broken New Year’s resolutions are part of what constitutes ‘Blue Monday’ – officially the most miserable day of the year, according to scientists.
So to help bring some January cheer to office workers, shift staff, and anyone who just feels a bit down-in-the-dumps lately, poverty-fighting charity ActionAid asked 1,000 people what made them feel happiest. The most popular answer was “helping someone in need”, which – happily for those who are still suffering from the cost of Christmas – doesn’t cost a penny.
Next on the list of most popular ways to feel happy was hearing an unexpected compliment, followed by listening to the sound of the sea.
Richard Turner, Director of Fundraising at ActionAid, said “It’s so uplifting to know that acts of kindness, from helping others, to hearing kind words from a stranger, are the things that make us feel the happiest.
“No matter how broke or cold we are in the first few weeks of January, we all have this incredible power to make each other’s lives better and it costs us absolutely nothing.
“It’s through acts of kindness that supporters of charities like ActionAid really make a difference to the world, but knowing that they feel amazing because of their involvement is also really special.”
So if Blue Monday is getting you down, why not take a moment to help someone in need or pass on a compliment? It could be just what you need to put the spring back into your step.
Find out more about ActionAid online at www.actionaid.org.uk.