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Blue Monday, saddest day of the year

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It's pretty much the least favorite day of the week. There are songs, sayings and plenty of social media devoted to people's universal contempt for Monday.

"It started out, kinda like, uh, rocky," said Sandy Hale.

This is how she explains the start to her day.

"Ohh, it was one of them Mondays," said Sandy. "Kinda sad, a lot of things going on this time, same time last year for me."

This, the third Monday of January, is known as "Blue Monday," the point in the year where most people feel unhappy.

"That is something because I was feeling kind of blue," said Hale.

"I can definitely see how it'd be "Blue Monday" today," said Andrew Papush. "We've been driving here from Albuquerque, got a speeding ticket on the way."

The formula, which was created in 2005, is based on several factors like motivation levels and New Year resolutions.

Dr. Art Markman, a University of Texas Psychology Professor, agrees.

"You had great hopes for the new year, I mean, let's face it, the new year came and it was going to be new year, new you?...only it's new year, same you," said Markman.

"I never last past the second day of the year with those resolutions," said Dave Sanders.

"I failed," admitted Paul Mauceli. "I planned to quit smoking cigarettes and I cutback, but I haven't fully stopped yet."

Debt and vacation time are two other factors for feeling blue.

"We're after New Year's, so you're next vacation probably isn't until the summer," said Markman. "If you spend a lot of money on all those presents and now the bills are coming due and your check's just a little bit smaller than it was...so, yea, that's another little bit of stress."

"Yes, it's a little smaller," commented Mauceli.

Shorter days and cold weather can also have a major impact on people's moods.

"I hate the winter. The shorter days, no sunlight....when spring comes out, that's when I feel so much better," said Josh Thornhill. "It's beautiful out."

"This is the time of year why we live here," said Markman. "If you're feeling down, you're going to see all the negative things going on around you. If you're feeling good, you'll start to see some of the good things going on...You can change your mood by just going out of your way to look at some of the good things that are happening."

Markman says the trick to beating the mid-January blues is not giving in.

Hale said, "If I had stayed at home, I woulda been crying, so I had to get up and get out."

"When you wake up in the morning, you're either going to have a good day or a bad day. It's all up to you," said Mauceli.

You can be the little ray of sunshine someone needs to make it through...another Monday.

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