TODAY has been dubbed Blue Monday as many believe it to be the most depressing day of the year.

But a survey by YouGov for the Church of England shows nine out of ten people regularly 'count their blessings' when feeling down.

“More than half said being thankful for family and partners was their top blessing followed by health,” said Anni Holden, spokeswoman for the Diocese of Hereford.

Meanwhile, the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell said: “It’s no surprise to find that Blue Monday originated as a piece of PR puff and this is reinforced by the (YouGov) results.

"Happiness comes when we stop living our lives just for ourselves.

"The importance of family and partners highlights that when we are loved and show love it begins to make a difference to how we live and how we view the world.

"No wonder that the Christian faith places the self-giving love of Jesus at its heart. "