Yesterday Was The Gloomiest Day … NOT!!!

According to THIS ARTICLE, yesterday was the gloomiest day of the year.

A renowned psychologist did some statistical analysis and found six significant factors that made Monday, January 21, 2008 the gloomiest day of the year.

The factors?

  1. The weather
  2. Christmas debt
  3. A feeling of monotony after the Christmas cheer has faded
  4. Broken New Year's resolutions
  5. Low levels of motivation
  6. A desperate feeling that you need to act to improve your life

Let me see how these factors are affecting me right now …

Weather  Well, I live in South Carolina.  Yesterday was a beautiful, crisp sunny day.  Does not apply.

Christmas Debt  Not a chance!  This was the fifth year in a row that I paid CASH for Christmas.  I ain't EVER going back!  Does not apply.

Monotony after Christmas  Are you kidding me?  I spoke at NewSpring on Sunday.  This Friday/Saturday I am teaching the Financial Freedom Experience.  (You should come!)  Next Saturday evening and Sunday morning, I am speaking at Southbrook Community Church in Weddington, NC and then on Sunday afternoon, I will be teaching the Financial Learning Experience!  And, oh yeah, my FIRST BOOK WAS RELEASEDDoes not apply.

Broken New Year's Resolutions  NOPE.  I am making progress on them all.  Does not apply.

Low Levels of Motivation  Anyone who has ever met me knows that I am not calm.  I can't help but be excited by how much I have been blessed with in life!  Does not apply.

Desperate Need To Improve My Life  I am so blessed.  I am blessed way beyond what I ever deserve.  Does not apply.

I guess it is true.  When you are able to do EXACTLY what you have been put on earth to do, you are living a good life!

I thought yesterday was quite nice.

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  1. fathersez on January 22, 2008 at 7:03 am


    This pyschologist is going to be quoted in all major papers and TV stations soon I think.

    The date is certainly gloomy to almost all stock market investors in many parts of the world.

    Though we cannot discount days gloomier than the 21st…hehe

  2. michael on January 22, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    congrats on the book! i’m really looking forward to reading it and I think it will be a huge help to people.

    and we’re looking forward to having you back at Oak Leaf Church doing another Financial Learning Experience!


  3. John X on January 22, 2008 at 9:03 pm


    What advice do you give to someone who has family members constantly asking for(& getting) money? I know several people in this situation. They are failing to reach their financial goals b/c their parents/brothers/etc keep guilting them into giving them more money.

    I know the advice of “Don’t give a drunk a drink.” Any other insight into how people who were raised by poor money managers can succeed?

    john X

  4. Joseph Sangl on January 23, 2008 at 6:58 am

    Sangl Says …

    John X – For people who continually struggle over and over and over and constantly hit up friends/family for more money – I have found that they have not had an IHHE Moment yet – An “I Have Had Enough” Moment.

    I would “help” them have their IHHE Moment, but putting CLEAR, DEFINED restrictions on any help I would provide.

    Something like, bring me your credit card along with the payment statement. OK, now, call the credit card company RIGHT NOW while you are here. I will help you if you shut off your credit card account, right now.

    PLUS – as one further stipulation, I want you to have breakfast with me once/month, and you will bring your bank account statement AND written spending plan for the next month.

    Friend, Family Member, I love you, but I am not going to continue to enable this financially destructive behavior.

    Yes, it’s a tough conversation, but it is way better than maintaining status quo!

    Hope this helps!

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