Get Ready, Get Set, Get Depressed!
Yes, folks, it's time for another round of You Be The Editor, and in today's installment, we present another delight plucked from the work of the PR industry. Washington Post editors inexplicably chose to spare you from this incredible news, but the big blog trusts in your judgment and hereby presents one heck of a downer of a story, knowing that you will be able to handle the truth and make up your own minds about how this story should have been presented in the paper.
You might think that today is the first day of the rest of your life, or that today is just like any other day, or that today's gotta be better than yesterday. But now, research--actual, real research by a real researcher -- reveals that January 24th-- today!--is the most depressing day of the year.
Savvy readers will note in the press release that it nowhere says exactly who did this research. It merely cites a report in Health magazine.
But here at the Post, we are professional journalists and we do not take a news release's word for stuff. So here's your source for the devastating news about January 24th, an actual researcher who is a part-time tutor at Cardiff University.
And now, the release itself, which is thoughtfully accompanied by this note:
"Any editorial comment or mention that you may give this press
release would be greatly appreciated."
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NEW RESEARCH PROCLAIMS JANUARY 24TH AS THE MOST DEPRESSING DAY OF THE YEAR
Dateline: January 17, 2006 ... New York, NY
Contact Name: Lori Ames, Jane Wesman Public Relations, Inc.
Contact Phone: 212-620-4080 x12
Dr. Kathleen Hall, Founder and President of The Stress Institute, and
author of "A Life In Balance", is available to help readers avoid the
January 24th blues.
NEW YORK, NY - January 17, 2006 - Using a variety of emotional and
stress factors, recent research published in "Health" magazine
proclaims January 24th to be the most depressing day of the year.
People feel as if there is a shadow over them; with low light levels
creating Seasonal Affective Disorder, holiday bills hitting the
mailbox, and New Year's resolutions already broken, depression is
While post holiday blues are common, stress expert Dr. Kathleen Hall,
author of the new book "A Life In Balance", says there are many steps
people can take to create happiness in their dreary lives during the
darkest and coldest days of the year.
"People experienced sensory overload during the holidays: the lights,
the smells of pine and peppermint, sounds of music, the aromas, sight
and taste of foods, and the touch and connection with others. By
January, they are now experiencing a flat, hollow, sad feeling," says
Dr. Hall offers these tips to create happiness and energy:
1. Food: Try new foods that haven't been eaten before. Get
the family to choose a cuisine and everyone can cook it together.
Try mango salad or black bean lasagna.
2. Color: Add color. Purchase an inexpensive tablecloth with
happy bright colors, maybe orange or yellow. Keep bright
flowers on the kitchen table. Find some inexpensive bright
colored pillows to throw on the couch. Accessorize with a
bright scarf or shoes.
3. Have Fun: Schedule one or two nights a week to turn off
the television and have game night. Play board games, cards,
or watch a funny movie (research shows this will get the
4. Introspection Time: Have each family member choose a word
to describe 2005 and what their word is for the coming year,
2006, and explain why he or she chose each word.
5. Time Alone: Each family member takes ten minutes, Monday,
Wednesday and Friday (pick any three days of the week) to take
a bath, read, paint, or take a nap to help recharge in these
Are we depressed yet?
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