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By Tarvin Webteam - 18th January 2016 6:00am
Blue Monday is a special day, for people to focus on doing good for each other. Not necessarily presents and cards, just little acts of kindness (or big ones, if you like).
It comes at a time when people might need a bit of cheering up: the gloomy, post-Christmas, back-to-work-and-school month of January. And of course, it had to be a Monday.
Blue Monday occurs on the 3rd Monday of January each year. In 2016, this will be Monday 18 January. For a bit of light relief read the Wikipedia entry date. A couple of years ago the organisers of the day had a thought. Wouldn't it be good to start a new tradition that encouraged people to do nice things for each other? This inspiration then lead to the formulation of a wider day of happiness, and so Blue Monday was born.
Blue Monday ideas should benefit others (a person, an organisation or even internationally) and will probably be something you wouldn't normally do (but might do regularly from now on), voluntary (compulsory kindness doesn't really count), thought up by those involved (there's no formula or template) and fun and creative (for everyone involved).
As long as your event is safe and doesn't put anyone at risk of physical danger or emotional upset, then you're on the right track!
Many Blue Monday events are on a small scale and are quite personal. If you want to do something bigger then that's great, but don't forget to find out what you need to do in terms of risk assessments, insurance and any other important factors. The only limit to your event or activity is your imagination!
So, have some fun and beat Blue Monday!
Ed: Most people think this is a load of rubbish and the basis of the date is totally non-scientific but still papers write about it and its amusing enough to brighten up the start of the 3rd week in January. With this weather we can certainly do with that!
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