Apparently, Monday 17 January 2011 was the most depressing day of the year. In a bit of ‘bad science’ created some years ago for a travel company, an equation based on the weather, post-Christmas blues, broken resolutions and financial strain calculated that the third Monday of January is the day on which we are most likely to be thoroughly fed up.
Look on the bright side: if Monday really was the most depressing day of the year, at least we’ve got it out of the way!
However flawed the ‘science’ is, there’s no getting away from the fact that many people are feeling a bit down. A survey by the charity Action Aid shows that the best antidote to the blues is to do something kind for someone else. To get the ball rolling, they spent Monday in their Happy Bubble using fluffy monsters, space hoppers and free smoothies to cheer people up.
It’s true, isn’t it, that when we turn our thoughts outwards and focus on others, we do forget about some of our own hassles. Have you ever been the recipient of a random act of kindness? Has a complete stranger ever paid for your coffee as well as his own? Let you go ahead of her in a queue because she can see you’re in a hurry? Stopped to help you change a wheel?
Would you feel uncomfortable about offering a random act of kindness to a stranger? How about doing something lovely for someone you know? Marcel Proust wrote:
‘Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.’
Who are those people for you? I can think of a few in my own life. To stop me focussing on the ‘blah’ of January – the fact it’s still dark when I leave for work; not having Christmas to look forward to; the weather’s a bit grim – I’m going to sit down and send a note to a couple of my ‘soul gardeners’ to thank them for the difference they make to me.
Today’s pebble for you to think about is this:
Who are your soul gardeners and what will you do this week to show them your gratitude?
What do you think?
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