McDonald's is giving out free burgers to brighten up Blue Monday

·Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
McDonald’s are giving away free cheeseburgers for Blue Monday. [Photo: Getty]
McDonald’s are giving away free cheeseburgers for Blue Monday. [Photo: Getty]

Blue Monday, considered the most depressing day of the year, falls today.

While some trace its origins to a PR stunt, others claim they really feel the effects of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) on this day each year, which apparently is made bleak through a combination of debt, weather conditions and dwindling motivation.

Thankfully, McDonald’s is giving away free cheeseburgers from today until Friday 25 January. All you have to do is download the fast food chain’s app, My McDonald’s App, to claim the offer. Sadly, there’s no vegetarian/vegan alternative.

Other brands giving away free things to cushion the Blue Monday blow include In The Style. The celebrity fashion site is giving away 3,000 free T-shirts to shoppers who spend over £40. The short-sleeved T-shirts are available in black and have the slogan: “Perfectly Imperfect”.

Whole Foods Market is reportedly offering a free lunch from leading açai berry producer Sambazon.

Brands such as Aldi and Boots are also doing free giveaways on Twitter.

If shopping your way through Blue Monday doesn’t appeal, you can alternatively take a look at your diet instead to make sure you are getting the mood-boosting nutrients you need.

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