Gene Balk, the FYI Guy found the data and ran the numbers only to confirm that Seattle was the saddest metropolitan area in the whole country last month. Bummer.
Everyone's reaction when I posted about it: ☝️🥇¯\_(ツ)_/¯
There are some obvious factors at play here. COVID-19, you're the worst. Sure we could go outside and play and exercise before, but now we're more stuck inside, can't see our friends, and as a result just about "half of Seattle-area adults said they were dealing with feelings of depression."
The holidays feel like a mixed bag, too. Where it can bring more joy to those already experiencing good feelings it can also drive home feelings of gloom. The darkest part of the year + the awful December weather + limited routine ways to exercise and socialize = trouble brewing.
Gene does a great job as always breaking it down further, so have a read.
Since it's obvious that we're up against it in the PNW, now might be a good time to talk to someone you've not made the time for recently.
Personally, I feel the guilt of receiving holiday cards from friends and not sending them out for the zillionth year in a row. But where a holiday