Blue Monday: Half of Belgians have hidden frustrations, but a hug works wonders



Today is Blue Monday, aka the most depressing day of the year. The festive season is now a distant memory, the days are dark and wet, and it’s Monday… With this in mind, we dove into our statistics. What is it that makes Belgians sad or grumpy and what could bring comfort during these dark days? What did we find? Half of Belgians live their lives with hidden frustrations, but a hug can work wonders to make us feel better.

Failed New Year’s resolutions

The festive season is now a distant memory, numerous New Year’s resolutions have been broken already, it’s cold and wet outside and, to top it all off: it’s Monday – Blue Monday. It’s just layer upon layer of misery. A survey conducted among 1,500 of our Belgian users shows that half of them (51%) live their lives with hidden frustrations. In addition, 82% of Belgians indicate they find it hard to be happy when someone close to them is feeling miserable.

Men provoke more, women react more dramatically

Our survey shows that women get angry more often than men (50% vs. 32%). Women also seem to react more vocally – and dramatically – than men. 47% of women admit they often scream or cry to express their feelings. With 26%, men seem less expressive in that regard. Men on the other hand are more likely to provoke conflict. 18% of men (compared to 14% of women) admit that they sometimes provoke others to see how they react.

A hug a day keeps the doctor away

Our results reveal life is not always a bed of roses for Belgians. However, that doesn’t mean we should sit and wait for better days. 61% of the respondents indicate they feel better after a hug. A hug can work wonders, definitely on a gloomy day like Blue Monday. In other words: let’s get social!