Scientists dispel 'Miserable Monday' myth

Unhappy worker People reported feeling more stressed and unhappy on weekdays, with the exception of Fridays

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We may say we hate Mondays, but research suggests Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are equally loathed.

US investigators who looked at a poll of 340,000 people found moods were no worse on Mondays than other working days, bar Friday.

People were happier as they approached the weekend, lending support for the concept of "that Friday feeling".

The report authors told the Journal of Positive Psychology that the concept of miserable Mondays should be ditched.

Prof Arthur Stone of Stony Brook University said: "Despite our global beliefs about lousy Mondays, we conclude that this belief should be abandoned.

"Cultural myths may vastly over-emphasise actual day of the week mood patterns."

Similarly, claims that the Monday of the last full week of January - dubbed "blue Monday" - is the most depressing of the whole year have been debunked by others.

Prof Stone's team analysed data collected by Gallup from telephone interviews.

People reported more enjoyment and happiness and less stress or worry on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays compared with the rest of the week.

Prof Stone says it is the contrast in mood from Sunday to Monday that has led to Mondays being unfairly singled out.


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    Comment number 157.

    Why can't people be thankful for another day of opportunity in their lives? If you loathe what the day brings you're in the wrong job or the wrong relationship or you have the wrong attitude to life. YOU need to change, no-one else will cure your loathing. I'd be grateful for the days you don't want!

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    Comment number 126.

    I personally think we shouldn't bother with Tuesday, it's pointless. Monday-beginning of the week, fine. Wednesday-half way through and it's an achievement to get there, Thursday-almost Friday, just one more early morning to go, and Friday, whilst the beginning of the weekend is a little too close to 5 days of early mornings for my liking...

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    Comment number 124.

    God how lucky am I, for not only do I love my weekends diving, playing golf with my wife and enjoying evenings out diningf, but I am also passionate about my work Monday - Friday. I guess I have the best of both worlds!!

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    Comment number 119.

    I rather enjoy Thursday because I am living in anticipation of Friday. I get an excited, "It's almost Friday!" feeling. I would argue that Tuesday is worse than Monday because on Monday I am so focused on just staying awake that I forget to think about how much of the week I have left.

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    Comment number 109.

    I hate Fridays because everyone's got one or both eyes on the weekend, instead of on their work, or the road... causing stress and accidents for themselves and others...

    How I feel about Mondays depends on the weekend's football results...


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