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Blooming Monday. Monday January 20, 2014

"Blue Monday' is the third Monday in January. It is gloomy, dark, and allegedly the most depressing day of the year. Blue Monday comes after the Christmas festivities have ended, it is a long time until Spring, and typically people feel rather low on what is often a cold, grey day. Yet despite our increasingly lengthy winters, most people tend to wear dark clothes, especially to work.'

That statement comes from charity Mental Health Research UK. And they'd like us to help do something different this Monday. Here's their request:

'The concept of the campaign is simple; we ask everyone to wear their brightest clothes that day. Even if workplaces usually require sombre attire, we hope that on this one day a year employees will be encouraged to brighten up. We hope to make a big visual impact on Blue Monday each year by injecting some unexpected colour and joy. In 2014 the date is 20 January - please put it in your diaries! Instead of Blue Monday, it will become Blooming Monday! Ditch the greys and drab attire - wear bright clothes for charity on Blue Monday!'

A recurring theme in these Moodscope Blogs is the power of simply (!) getting up, showered and properly dressed. Maybe we could add that wearing clothes with colour has a more positive effect on our mental well-being than wearing neutrals or drab colours. We may not necessarily feel like putting on that red sweater (now where was that grey hoodie again?) but it may lift our spirits once we are wearing it.

How often do we wear our favourite colour? Now, please, I don't mean black, but your favourite colour from when you were a young child: bright blue, scarlet, emerald green or buttercup yellow? Do you actually own any clothes in that colour? We should wear the clothes that make us feel good more often.

So if the parcel delivery man tells you about this weird woman who opened the door to him in full evening dress at eleven in the morning – you'll know it was me, wearing my bright pink ball gown!

If you would like to support the work of Mental Health Research UK by wearing bright clothes on Monday 20th, then go to for more details.

Action for happiness are also marking this day and have rebranded it 'Happy Monday'. They have ten excellent ways in which you can improve your happiness by modifying your attitudes and choices. Take a look:

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Christine Mon, Jan 20th 2014 @ 7:37am

Great blog - again and as ever - Mary. Thank you. I am often surprised when people comment on my bright clothes; I put on bright colours as a matter of course; today I am writing this while wearing my emerald green fleece home made kaftan. With purple socks. Later I will dress in an orange t-shirt, red fleece and bright blue trousers with pink spotty socks.
When I was a student, aeons ago now, a lecturer made an extended point over several weeks by deliberately wearing a different head to toe colour each week. Her point was that colour affects how others perceive us. Not really that colour affects us as on the whole we do not see what we are wearing, unless we are constantly looking in mirrors. We get some idea of our personal look, but mostly other people respond to our colour/ clothing choice more as they are the ones who can see it.
It is an interesting point, I think. I know there is the very strong and vehement school of thought which says "I'm wearing this for me, not for anyone else" and I believe that is a valid point. There is also the point that says "I'm wearing this to fit in" and that is valid too.
I think wearing clothes coloured appropriately for the situation/activity is comforting and also reassuring.
Adding a stronger contrast or defiantly different colour for something important - such as a red ribbon for AIDS, a pink ribbon for breast cancer or a bright something for Blooming Monday may well help not only ourselves by "doing it for me" but also help others as they can see we are prepared to make a difference.

thebyronicantihero Mon, Jan 20th 2014 @ 9:34am

As I sit here in my black jumper and dark blue jeans, I start to wonder if I should have put on something more colourful. The only trouble is that your post only put the idea in my head after I had got dressed for the day. I bet I'm not the only one...

If I had known about 'Blooming Monday' yesterday, I might have given it a shot, but I am not sure I can face the idea of surreptitiously sneaking off to get changed. Maybe a little more notice next time? ;)

Anonymous Mon, Jan 20th 2014 @ 10:41am

Thank you Mary, you made me giggle out loud this morning :-)

Maddy Mon, Jan 20th 2014 @ 10:47am

I woke up this morning feeling unaccountably bleak and sad, and I simply couldn't work out why, as nothing had happened to make me sad; I even thought about calling in sick to work, as I honestly felt that getting out of bed, getting dressed and taking the tube was too much (and I haven't had a bout of depression for years now, so it's not that). I eventually forced myself to get up and I unconsciously put on a completely black outfit, still unable to work out why I felt so low.
I got into work, checked my email - and found this one about Blooming Monday. While I have heard of "Blue" Monday, I didn't think it would affect me and couldn't quite believe that it affected me this much, but thank you, Moodscope, for making me realise that it's not just me: it's something that is probably affecting thousands of people across the country today (and it's ok to feel a bit down sometimes!). Tomorrow, I will wear my brightest clothes! :)

Anonymous Mon, Jan 20th 2014 @ 11:19am

What a brilliant article! Thanks despite Dark shade being my fave, I think
I will incorporate a bright colourful scarf to brighten things up!

Anonymous Mon, Jan 20th 2014 @ 11:33am

Its a pity you put this up today when it's about today. If I got this last Monday I could of let people know and use the idea on myself.

Anonymous Mon, Jan 20th 2014 @ 12:08pm

Thanks I have ditched the black and added lots if colour today. It does feel good.

Anonymous Mon, Jan 20th 2014 @ 1:07pm

I was about to rush out of my door this morning dressed - despite others - in my knitted drak grey jacket and dark blue jeans. Nearly on the steps I turned back, grabbed my really pink (and actually I don't prefer pink - I don't even like it) scarf and got off to work. Now I feel looking like a strange broom - dark broomstick and pink/red broom (bad hair day as well...) but reading your blog made me smile
a bloomy colourful day to all of you

Nancy Mon, Jan 20th 2014 @ 1:35pm

so true....when I was at university, on a blue day sometimes I would tie a red ribbon in my hair to cheer me up. I occasionally would tie a tiny bell on it if I was daring. I know it made others smile as well. My husband used to comment that I wore dark clothes so now I have trained myself (or he has!) to buy brighter clothes. Does help.

Anonymous Mon, Jan 20th 2014 @ 2:43pm

Wish you'd posted this last week, then I'd have worn a bright pink shirt this morning, instead of the usual pale blue...

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