Happiness: How to find joy on ‘Blue Monday’

Blue Monday is on the third Monday every January, and it is considered the most depressing day of the year, and I’m sure it’s even worse in 2021.

Made by Sky Travel’s PR department, it’s apparently the day when the financial pressure of the Christmas just passed hangs over us most, the weather is at its worst, and the extra pounds we’ve acquired over the holiday season are proving harder to shift than we anticipated.

So how do we stay happy during turbulent times, and what does it actually mean? There were a lot of responses that you’ll hear in the end.

Thanks to the following guests for participating:

Elizabeth of Elizabeth’s Luxury Cake Emporium.

Coach Helen Louise Adams

Yadiksha Hari, guide at the Modern Mystery School

Mindset coach and consultant Jessie Shedden

And social enterprise Salam Project youth worker Mohammed Addawe

Here are some of the resources from the show:

Author and news anchor Dan Harris of Ten Percent Happier:

Harvard University Psychology Professor Daniel Gilbert at a 2004 TED Talk:

Mentalist and illusionist Derren Brown speaks to Google:

Books looked at this week:

Dan Harris: 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works

Daniel Gilbert: Stumbling on Happiness

Derren Brown: Happy: Why More Or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine

PS. I do not receive commission for reviewing books and talks.

Published by suswatibasu

Suswati Basu is a writer, journalist, producer and feminist activist residing in London. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and for ITV News/ITN. She currently works as a senior intelligence expert.

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