IF you’re feeling a bit down, fear not, you are definitely not alone because today is Blue Monday, officially the most miserable day of the year.
But precisely why should this seemingly innoxious day be regarded as such a melancholy moment?
Blue Monday is the brainchild of Cardiff University lecturer Cliff Arnall working at the behest of travel companies to help work out when people were most likely to want to book a holiday.
Using various factors, including weather, debt levels, time elapsed since Christmas and payday, and low motivation, Arnall pinpointed the third Monday of January as the low point of the year.
Critics point out there is precious little real science and not a fair bit of quackery involved in this kooky trend.
But there can be little doubt that as dark and gloomy January drags on, most of us could do with their spirits lifting.
Here in Wigan, there are all manner of reasons to be cheerful. The Evening Post picks out the 10 best...
1, We’re not St Helens
You want a real reason to be down in the dumps, look over Billinge Hill.
2, Super League
We’re just weeks away from the return of Super League. The Grand Final seems a long, long time ago, and Warriors and ready to go again.
3, The Wigan 10k
The Joining Jack-inspired event is one of the best 10k races in the country. Why not start your training early. There’s no better way to beat the January blues.
4, Pie noon
Some of the world’s greatest pies are made right here in Wigan. Lift your spirits by grabbing one for today.
5, Sam’s back
Wigan Warriors’ prodigal son Sam Tomkins is back in the fold after a two-year spell in New Zealand.
6, Yanic Buy
Latics have finally secured the services of quick-silver Dutchman Yanic Wildschut. More vim and verve at the DW Stadium guaranteed.
7, Pennington Flash
Get out and enjoy the fresh air and where better than this 200-acre country park, home to one of the region’s best nature reserve and a great day out for families. What better way to lift the spirits!
8, 347 days until Christmas
Plenty of time to save up, plenty of time to plan and prep in advance, and plenty of time to forget all those good intentions and leave everything to the last minute. Again.
9, Lighter nights
It might not seem like it right now but longer days, if not better weather, are just around the corner.
10, The Euros
England will be in action in the Euros this summer. Got your BBQ ready?