"Blue Monday 2012"

"Blue Monday 2012"
by Moodpanda.com

This Monday the 16th of January is “Blue Monday”, said by some to be statistically the most depressing and unhappy day of the year.  Here at moodpanda.com we have been tracking a overall drop in mood as we entered January.

This date is calculated from a number of factors that coincide in the middle of January.  Firstly, people are suffering the come down of the  Christmas season. It is also around this time that credit card bills start to appear on the door mat.

If you started the year with a resolution to make a big change, you may well be one of the millions who have let that slip by the way side by this time in January.

Looking forward, the weather is likely to get colder and with the next Bank holiday not until Easter its easy to see why “Blue Monday” gets its name.

But don’t worry too much, there is something you can do.  Why not logon to moodpanda.com?

MoodPanda.com is a community of friendly people who regularly update their mood, share problems and celebrate each others’ happiness. Testimonials from users have shown that being part of such a caring community, and focussing on one’s happiness, as well as the happiness of others can actually lead to improvement in overall mood. It’s another weapon in our “happiness arsenal” for beating the Winter Blues!
 
Time will tell which day of 2012 will see us at our lowest.  We will soon see how our mood changes with the Olympics approaching.  MoodPanda.com will continue to monitor and report it live on their Website throughout the year

Posted by Ross, Co-Founder of MoodPanda.com

January Blues Hits MoodPandaJanuary  can make even the most energetic and lively of us feel down in the  dumps, and this January is apparently no exception, with moods  plummeting following the Christmas holidays, according to MoodPanda.com,  a crowd-sourced Mood Tracking App & Website.Research from a  sample of 15,000 people shows a series of highly elevated happiness  peaks before and during Christmas, and again over the New year, but then  shows a huge overall drop in mood as we entered the 2nd and 3rd day of  the New Year.January can be a hard month, and the reasons given  for the sudden slump are numerous. The festive season has drawn to a  close, money is tight after the Christmas shopping, seasonal illness  such as flu is rife, and people are heading back to work in miserable  weather. Relationship issues over the holiday have also been flagged as a  factor for the January drop.Last year psychologists declared  January 24th as the most depressing day of the year, and suicide levels  peak around now according to the Samaritans, so it’s a clearly a  difficult time for a lot of people. MoodPanda.com is a community  of friendly people, constantly updating their moods and sharing in each  others’ problems and celebrating each others’ happiness. Testimonials  from users have shown that being part of such a caring community, and  focussing on one’s happiness, and the happiness of others can actually  lead to improvement in your mood. It’s another weapon in our “happiness  arsenal” for beating the Winter Blues!Some of the user’s comments about tracking their mood:"Just  wanted to say… everyone on mood panda, you are awesome. Anytime I  have a bad day, I am always cheered up with your hugs. <3 love you  all!!" (sic) Laura E"Finding this app really helped me. People on  here are so nice and helped restore my faith in humanity. Thank all of  you" - Kasey B"Reading other peoples posts cheers me up :)" - Chloe B"I love this new tracking my whole life kick" - Joe B"Escaped the clutches of sadness… thank you to all the pandas out there for your support" - Heather H"Having this app cheers me up. Have been wanting 2track my mood 4 ages now :-) " (sic) - B-rad CTime  will tell which day of 2012 is our most depressing, and how our  happiness changes as the Olympics approach, but MoodPanda.com will  continue to monitor and report it live on their Website throughout the  year

Posted by Jake, Co-Founder of MoodPanda.com

January Blues Hits MoodPanda

January can make even the most energetic and lively of us feel down in the dumps, and this January is apparently no exception, with moods plummeting following the Christmas holidays, according to MoodPanda.com, a crowd-sourced Mood Tracking App & Website.

Research from a sample of 15,000 people shows a series of highly elevated happiness peaks before and during Christmas, and again over the New year, but then shows a huge overall drop in mood as we entered the 2nd and 3rd day of the New Year.

January can be a hard month, and the reasons given for the sudden slump are numerous. The festive season has drawn to a close, money is tight after the Christmas shopping, seasonal illness such as flu is rife, and people are heading back to work in miserable weather. Relationship issues over the holiday have also been flagged as a factor for the January drop.

Last year psychologists declared January 24th as the most depressing day of the year, and suicide levels peak around now according to the Samaritans, so it’s a clearly a difficult time for a lot of people.

MoodPanda.com is a community of friendly people, constantly updating their moods and sharing in each others’ problems and celebrating each others’ happiness. Testimonials from users have shown that being part of such a caring community, and focussing on one’s happiness, and the happiness of others can actually lead to improvement in your mood. It’s another weapon in our “happiness arsenal” for beating the Winter Blues!

Some of the user’s comments about tracking their mood:

"Just wanted to say… everyone on mood panda, you are awesome. Anytime I have a bad day, I am always cheered up with your hugs. <3 love you all!!" (sic) Laura E
"Finding this app really helped me. People on here are so nice and helped restore my faith in humanity. Thank all of you" - Kasey B
"Reading other peoples posts cheers me up :)" - Chloe B
"I love this new tracking my whole life kick" - Joe B
"Escaped the clutches of sadness… thank you to all the pandas out there for your support" - Heather H
"Having this app cheers me up. Have been wanting 2track my mood 4 ages now :-) " (sic) - B-rad C

Time will tell which day of 2012 is our most depressing, and how our happiness changes as the Olympics approach, but MoodPanda.com will continue to monitor and report it live on their Website throughout the year

Posted by Jake, Co-Founder of MoodPanda.com

Guest Blog Post - Chloë B’s First Year on MoodPanda

Earlier this week, one of MoodPanda’s users, Chloë B, completed a full year of mood posts, updating her mood every single day for a year!

As she was the first of our Moody Pandas to achieve this, we thought it would be cool to hear about her experience of MoodPanda for the first year! 

A Year of MoodPanda - By Chloë B

As a self-confessed technophile constantly looking out for cool websites, and as a data-loving science student, I have to admit that I was immediately intrigued when I first stumbled across MoodPanda a year ago.  

The idea of tracking my mood and being able to see how it varied over time was appealing — would the days we all have which are “just one of those days” or where you “get out of bed on the wrong side” show up?  Is it true that I “always seem to be smiling”, as some of my friends like to say?


I signed up straight away, and began rating my happiness level between 0 and 10, sometimes just once in a day and sometimes several times. As the weeks went by and more users joined, new features were introduced, including the ability to comment on other people’s mood ratings they’ve chosen to make public.

Combined with the option to send a ‘hug’ to others on the site, I love the way that this gives a sense of community to MoodPanda — there are some names of MoodPanda regulars like me I’ve come to recognise, and it is always nice to see them feeling happy or to post a quick message if they’re feeling sad. And while it might seem surprising, a ‘panda hug’ from someone you have never met can start to shake off a bad mood, just because you know someone else wants to help make you feel better!


Also fun is looking back at the reasons given for particular mood ratings — some recently reported research suggested that coffee may prevent depression  and given that quite a few of my positive mood scores carry the label ‘coffee!’ it looks as though I might have further evidence for that :-)


The calendar page, showing each day of the year as a different colour based on the moods logged for that day, is a nice record of what was going on in my life to make me feel that way.

I can see the elation of finally passing my driving test in January (a solid 10 on the mood scale), the stress of university exams (two weeks of red in June) and a very happy summer (July and August are an expanse of green).  And yes, the “wrong side of bed” days do indeed stand out as negative islands of low mood in the generally positive sea that my friends mention.

I have found the past year using MoodPanda to be a lot of fun and very interesting, and I look forward to another year of the same!  A big thanks to Jake G and Ross L for all their hard work on the site… it’s definitely made me a very happy panda!

- View Chloë B’s Mood Panda

(Tell me why) We don’t like Wednesdays!

(Tell me why) We don’t like Wednesdays!
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Bob Geldof once sang that he doesn’t like Mondays. Apparently this sentiment is not as common as you’d think.

Research from MoodPanda.com, a Bristol based startup, has shown that Wednesday is the unhappiest day of the week, with Monday rating as fairly average overall. As most people would probably expect, the weekend is when we are at our happiest (Saturday especially), and in general it would seem that females rate their happiness lower than males do.

The reasons for unhappiness on Wednesdays could be varied, but one theory is that it is the mid point of the working and school week, the furthest day from a weekend, and therefore the hardest day to get through. So if you find yourself feeling the mid-week slump, be rest assured that you are not alone! The users of MoodPanda.com are right there with you!

Have you ever considered keeping a record of how you’ve spent your day, and seeing how your happiness has changed over time? It can be fascinating, and is so easy to do online.

MoodPanda.com, a micro-mood-blog website and free iPhone app have been allowing thousands of people to track their happiness for over 18 months. Users of the free service can track their personal happiness, share problems with (and support) others who are feeling sad, and make friends along the way.

By posting micro-mood-blog updates, you can build your personal mood diary, with graphs of your happiness, a mood calendar, and lots of other features, letting you look back on what you’ve been doing, and how you were feeling over time.

Focussing on happiness is one step towards living a happier life, and MoodPanda.com can help you do this.

A recent email received from one of MoodPanda’s users: “Your service is greatly appreciated. Being able to track my mood has given me insights into my own psychology that ultimately have led-to an improvement in my quality of life” - Daniel P

MoodPanda.com has full privacy settings built in, allowing you to keep your mood posts private. But for those of us who love to share how we’re feeling, you can also post your mood updates to Facebook and Twitter! Imagine having a mood calendar of all your Facebook updates!

You can join in right now, at www.moodpanda.com, or download the free iPhone app from iTunes.

Have a happy day!
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