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The happiest day of the year

entertainment Updated: Feb 01, 2011 14:43 IST

Those of you who did not have a great start to the week should read this - Today, the first of February, is apparently the happiest day of the year. Don’t believe it? Here’s why:

Two weeks after Blue Monday, the day when our spirits are at their lowest because of post-Christmas debt and limited daylight, comes Happy Monday - as good as it’s going to get all year, reports the Daily Mail.

According to psychologists, a combination of getting the first pay cheque of the year and booking your summer holiday make today the highpoint of the year.

“We each experience an average of ten major happy days every year but none is happier than January 31, or Happy Monday,” said Dr David Holmes, senior psychologist at Manchester Metropolitan University.

“We all go into work on that Monday - January 31 - with renewed vigour, buoyed by the excitement of having money in the bank again and having one of the major family events of the year - the annual summer holiday - to look forward to,” he added.

And indeed, the last weekend in January was the busiest on record for the travel industry in 2010.