The holidays are over, little by little the routine begins to form part of the life of most people, the expenses that were made are now reflected in monthly accounts, and the joy that flooded the end and beginning of the year is dissipating, at least that is the premise of the blue monday or the saddest Monday of the year. On this occasion, the date takes place in the midst of a pandemic caused by COVID-19, in which Mexico is experiencing an increase in infections and the presence of the Omicron variant, reinforcing the idea of this date. Here’s what this day is all about.
What is blue monday? Origin of ‘sad Monday’ How is it calculated?
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Aragonès avoids controversies with Borràs and appeals to the “great consensus of the country”
Barcelona, 9 Feb. (EFE).- The president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, has avoided polemicizing this Wednesday with the president of the Parlament, Laura Borràs, over the Juvillà case and has appealed to the independence movement to talk “less” about itself and focus on rebuilding ” great country consensus”. After Borràs earlier this week accused the ERC and the CUP of rejecting his plan of collective disobedience in defense of the seat of deputy Pau Juvillà, which the Central Electoral Board (JEC) ordered to withdraw, Aragonès has eluded to delve into this matter in the control session to the president, in the plenary session of the Parlament. The first to remind him of Borràs’s words was the president of the En Comú Podem group, Jéssica Albiach, who reproached Aragonès for his “silence” , behind which he tries to “sweep his fights with JxCat under the rug”. INTERVENTIONS IN CATALAN BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERALITAT, PERE ARAGONÈS, AND THE MEMBER OF EN COMÚ PODEM, JÉSSICA ALBIACH, AT THE CONTROL SESSION TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE PARLIAMENT OF CATALONIA (c) Agencia EFE
Labor and unions agree to raise the SMI to 1,000 euros in 2022
Madrid, February 9 (EFE). (Image: Ramón Ayala)- The Ministry of Labor and the UGT and CCOO unions have agreed to raise the minimum interprofessional salary (SMI) by 35 euros to 1,000 euros gross in 14 payments from January 1, 2022. This increase, announced this Wednesday by the Second Vice President and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, satisfies the demands of the unions, while the CEOE remains outside the agreement, as announced yesterday. After the signing of the agreement, the minister has indicated that this increase “is a very important milestone for the country”, something that he carries out “with satisfaction and joy”, after having held negotiations with employers and unions since last Monday. RESOURCES FROM THE SIGNATURE OF THE AGREEMENT BY PEPE ÁLVAREZ ( UGT), UNAI SORDO (CCOO) AND THE MINISTER OF LABOR AND FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE GOVERNMENT, YOLANDA DÍAZ (c) Agencia EFE
Bordalás: “We have to go with a winning mentality”
Paterna (Valencia) Feb 9 (EFE).- (Images: Eusebio Calatayud) Valencia coach José Bordalás has assured that they will face the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals against Athletic Bilbao “with a winning mentality” .Likewise, he has also been sympathetic to Marcelino’s complaints about having fewer rest days before the second leg. “I can’t comment on the feelings of another team. We have had to play three games several times in six days. When it touches you, you are not happy. I understand that they may be angry”, said the Valencian coach. EFE TELEVISION HAS AVAILABLE THE STATEMENTS OF THE VALENCIA COACH, JOSÉ BORDALÁS. AVAILABLE IMAGES OF THE ARRIVAL OF BORDALÁS TO THE APPEARANCE BEFORE THE MEDIA IN THE CITY PRESS ROOM PATERNAL SPORTS. (c) EFE Agency
This 17th of the first month of 2022 is the third Monday of January, the date is known as ‘blue monday’, which in Spanish translates as ‘sad Monday’, and that year after year generates the appearance of messages of encouragement to spend these 24 depressing hours. In 2005, psychologist Cliff Arnall tried to design a formula to calculate the worst day of the year, in which he included, in addition to the weather, Christmas excesses and the first attempts at New Year’s resolutions. Arnall also factored motivation levels and the need to take action into his calculations. However, his result has been questioned but every year this day is commented, criticized and debated. In addition, the origin of this formula was an advertising campaign for the travel company Sky Travel, which has since disappeared.
Arnall, who worked at an adjunct center at Cardiff University in Wales and now teaches courses on happiness and personal well-being, has come under fire from some colleagues. The psychologist told the British newspaper The Telegraph in an interview in 2010, at first he was asked to calculate “what would be the best day to plan the summer holidays.” But Arnall, thinking about what his patients tell him, analyzed the factors that stress those who come to his workshops and concluded that the third Monday in January “is particularly depressing.” The date on the calendar has served to flood social networks with messages of encouragement and good resolutions to counteract what is supposed to be the saddest day of the year. Although there are also companies that try to take advantage of the fame of this day to offer a product to help lift people’s spirits.