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24. The Day After the Most Depressing Day of the Year

What we think matters.

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Did you know yesterday, January 17, 2022, was termed "the most depressing day of the year?" If you did, how did you day go? If you didn't, well, good news! Evidently the most depressing day of 2022 is behind us! What we think matters, and believe it or not, a day like yesterday prompts us to think about our thoughts. Julie leads us to do so in this episode. Join encourager, Julie Lefebure, each Tuesday morning as she offers real encouragement for your real life right now through a fresh, hope-filled perspective, a lighthearted inspiration, and Biblical insight, all in about 15 minutes. Each episode will lift your spirits and equip you to be a light in this world. Find extra encouragement at julielefebure.com.

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Did you know yesterday, the third Monday in January, was a special day? It was. (Well, each of our days are special, right? I mean each day we are given is a gift from God. Absolutely.) But yesterday was one of those weirdly termed, I guess you could call them "holidays," similar to but different than National Donut Day or National Take Your Child to Work Day. Yesterday, January 17, was termed "the most depressing day of the year," otherwise known as "Blue Monday."

So, were you aware that yesterday was the most depressing day of the year? I had no idea this day existed until I heard author and fellow Iowan, Jennifer Dukes Lee, mention it in a Zoom call last Tuesday. In all my years I had never heard of such a day. I thought, seriously? That day exists? Why would we recognize a day like this? The most depressing day of the year doesn't sound like a great day to me. In fact, I try to avoid at all costs anything depressing or discouraging in my life. So, I chose to ignore yesterday's gloomy title and did what I could to make it a great day anyway.

So, how did this day, Blue Monday, ever come to be?

Evidently the combination of the post-Christmas blues, the cold, dark nights of winter, and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills makes the third Monday in January the gloomiest day of the year. And I share in this episode how and why someone termed this specific day as Blue Monday or "the most depressing day of the year." It's quite interesting and quite surprising, if you ask me.

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This oddly termed special day is based on something meaningless, as scientists have dismissed it altogether. I say if scientists have dismissed this, then we can too.

Because the most depressing day of the year isn't real.

I guess you could call it "fake news," because the most depressing day of the year doesn't exist.

Yet, I wonder how many people felt down or depressed yesterday because they were aware yesterday was termed the most depressing day of the year? Or because they were given a reason to be sad and forlorn since it was Blue Monday?

What's that saying? "What you think about, you bring about." (Bob Proctor) Our minds are powerful. If we think it's going to be a depressing day, it likely will be a depressing day. On the other hand, if we think it'll be a cheerful day, it will likely be cheerful. Our thoughts determine so much more than I think we realize.

And I share a perfect example of this from last week.

Our thoughts influence our bodies, our emotions, our attitudes, and can directly affect our lives.

Our thoughts matter.

So, when we are told a certain day is "the most depressing day of the year," how do we react? How do we respond? Do our thoughts take us down the path of sadness and misery on that day? Because someone decided to call the third Monday of January "the most depressing day of the year?" Or do our thoughts decide something different? To keep us on the path of joy and happiness, instead?

We have a choice. Let's choose wisely.

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