It's cold. It's dark.
It's already been considerably cold and dark for 5-6 weeks now, and there's probably another two months of cold and dark coming our way after today.
That about sums up why researchers have singled out today, January 21 - or "Blue Monday" - as the most depressing day of the year in a new study.
With forecasters predicting unusually bitter conditions for the next 7-10 days, Blue Monday is living up to its name despite a national holiday and presidential inauguration.
Or because of the latter, if you're Alex Jones.
More than three-quarters of residents of colder climates quizzed in a poll said the low amount of daylight at this time had a negative effect on their mood.
Almost the same number said they found it harder to get motivated during the long, hard winter months; up to 87 percent of Northeast residents are affected.
So what do you do about seasonal depression problems?
- Move to California or Florida
- Take Vitamin D supplements
- Exercise whenever you can
- Read celebrity gossip
You know. Fun distraction from being angry at the world.