Blue Monday: 10 cheery stories to distract from the gloomiest of days

Take your mind off that new diet, grey weather and dark January evenings

Don’t let the January Blues get you down. Curl up in a ball and tuck in to some lighthearted reads instead. Photograph: iStock

Don’t let the January Blues get you down. Curl up in a ball and tuck in to some lighthearted reads instead. Photograph: iStock

 

It’s that time of year again. The so-called most depressing day of the year has arrived and with it comes your annual reminder that nobody likes Mondays – especially this one. But while it may be tempting to be consumed by Blue Monday’s gloomy reputation, we’ve prepared 10 articles that might take your mind off that new diet, grey weather, dark evenings and a frustratingly long wait until your next payday.

Although Blue Monday may have been dreamed up by some PR guru or travel company – and many dismiss as nonsensical pseudoscience – it’s a great excuse to share some funny, lighthearted and interesting articles.

If these don’t work, take yourself back to 1987 with New Order’s hit song Blue Monday. The January Blues can’t get to you through all that new wave synth.

I want a list of books that are guaranteed to distract and entertain me, that will put a smile back on my face, that might even make me laugh out loud. Photograph: Getty Images
I want a list of books that are guaranteed to distract and entertain me, that will put a smile back on my face, that might even make me laugh out loud. Photograph: Getty Images

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Patrick Freyne: I leapfrogged several violent young thugs as I rose through the tough-boy ranks at my local national school
Patrick Freyne: I leapfrogged several violent young thugs as I rose through the tough-boy ranks at my local national school

Patrick Freyne: My highest ever accolade was being designated fourth toughest boy in fifth class
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The luxury over water villas, reached by a wooden walkway, at the Kuramathi resort in the Maldives.
The luxury over water villas, reached by a wooden walkway, at the Kuramathi resort in the Maldives

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‘Don’t shoot the messenger,’ Sorcha goes, ‘but Liz Cannon wants to know could you swing into Thomas’s and pick her up some grissini?’
‘Don’t shoot the messenger,’ Sorcha goes, ‘but Liz Cannon wants to know could you swing into Thomas’s and pick her up some grissini?’

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Perfect shot: the murmuration of starlings over Lough Ennell, in Co Westmeath, on Tuesday evening. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho
Perfect shot: the murmuration of starlings over Lough Ennell, in Co Westmeath, on Tuesday evening. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Murmuration of starlings: How our stunning front-page photograph was taken
James Crombie, press photographer of the year, spent months chasing the perfect shot

Áine Duffy in her tiny home. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
Áine Duffy in her tiny home. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Tiny home: How a Cork musician built her own little house for €12,550
Áine Duffy hand-built a secluded home in Cork with help of family and friends

Clonbur, Co Galway
Clonbur, Co Galway

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The restored farmhouse between Killarney and Kenmare had spectacular views over some rolling hills. Photograph: Conor Pope
The restored farmhouse between Killarney and Kenmare had spectacular views over some rolling hills. Photograph: Conor Pope

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Fiona Murphy and her father on her wedding day

‘I owe my life to Paddy’: Mayo pub mystery unlocks the spirit of a small town
Fiona Murphy's late father religiously stopped at one Swinford pub, she finally solved the puzzle

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