Today is the most depressing day of the year. Christmas has receded from our minds, but so, sadly, have our new years resolutions. The weather is frightful. Valentine’s day is coming up. Capitalism is canceled. No wonder the papers are calling it “blue Monday.”
In honour of this national festival of gloominess—and noting that, of course, tomorrow we’ll all be talking about Obama’s inauguration as something like “triumphant tuesday—we at Prospect thought we’d try and brighten the gloom. We are a bit weak on kitten pictures, hugs or feel-good stories about the bright future. But, from our archives, we did a rather good piece on happiness by Richard Layard—which, in honour of today, we are making free to read. Just think, if you read it, you’ll be 20 minutes closer to tomorrow.