The New Year is a great opportunity to start a Team Competition. January and February are months that can really use a little excitement. A day to consider having a competition is Blue Monday. Blue Monday is considered the most depressing day of the year. The next Blue Monday is January 21st, 2013. Why not take some time to celebrate this day with your staff of by doing a series of fun activities.
To learn more about Blue Monday - click on the link. The Most Depressing Day
The following two paragraphs discuss the six factors that lead to this day being so depressing.
The original date of "Blue Monday" was mathematically calculated in 2005 by Dr. Cliff Arnall a researcher at Cardiff University. In 2005 Blue Monday fell on January 24th which was the 4th Monday of January. (MSN:news/Jan. 24, 2005 called worst day of the year).
Mr. Arnall created his formula for the most depressing day of the year by working six distinct factors into the equation: weather conditions (Gloomy old January and its typical lack of sunshine), debt level and our ability to pay that debt, time elapsed since Christmas, time elapsed since failing our New Years resolutions, our general seasonal motivational levels, and our need to take action and to have something to look forward to( During January, and depending on where you reside, there are no statutory holidays in the fore-see-able future. Gasp!).