Beat Blue Monday

You can Beat Blue Monday in January...

Create your own workplace carnival and samba – using everyday office items –

A Brazilian drummer from Yorkshire is leading a nationwide campaign to encourage everyone to use everyday office items to create their own office samba bands to help beat the Blue Monday blues on ‘the most depressing day of the year’ on Monday January 16th.

Claudio has produced a special video showing how to transform everyday office items from staplers, paper clips and waste bins into samba-sound creating rhythms at .

According to Batley-based percussionist Claudio Kron doBrazileveryone has a natural rhythm and by using ordinary items, such as staplers to create a cha-cha-cha rhythm, paperclips to produce a shaking sound, and waste bins for bongos, the downbeat workplace can be transformed into a fun carnival atmosphere.

By creating a common rhythm Claudio believes the resulting upbeat sounds works as a drum therapy to help bring people together and take their minds off depressing thoughts

A special campaign web site, is offering practical advice to tackle the effects of Blue Monday, the symbolic date for the low point in the year, along with a special  ‘5 stage Binge Happiness Work-Out’ programme to help people to make themselves happier.

Campaigners are aiming to reduce stigma associated with depression by talking about it and using the day as a springboard to improve quality of life by promoting and encouraging more happiness.

Blue Monday has evolved from an idea originally conceived by Cliff Arnall, formerly of Cardiff University, who created a mathematical formula to identify a number of the elements contributing to a general feeling of mid winter blues. 

The syndrome was first defined by Cliff Arnall, formerly ofCardiffUniversity, and marks the third week of January when people suffer from a series of combined depressive effects (see below for the mathematical formula).

Commenting on his efforts to encourage everyone to create their own workplace carnival Claudio said: I believe that if your heart beats you can play the drums. The Carnival has proved time and time again to be the greatest event for making people happy – by using both drumming and carnival we can help everyone triumph on Blue Monday.”

Claudio kron doBrazilis a percussionist, songwriter, dancer and poet fromBahiainBrazilwho came to theUKin 1996. He now performs and runs percussion workshops all over the world and works with community groups and businesses to spread his philosophy of the power of percussion to create harmony, happiness and health.

His flowing dreadlocks and ability to engage audiences into the world of drumming have become his trademarks.

Further details about how to overcome ‘Blue Monday’ and how you can do your bit to help charity can be found at the website: The public is also being urged to submit their own creative ideas for beating the January blues to the site.



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