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 233.

    I used to loathe Wednesday lunch time with 2.5 working days behind you and 2.5 working days ahead of you, it really felt like being in no mans land! Now I no longer loathe any day of the week, having been made redundant at age 46, I went into re-training, not easy to change career when you are older but best move ever. I am now in a job which I find very challenging but one that I really enjoy.

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    Comment number 232.

    Until having changed jobs recently, Sunday was the toughest day of all – the weekend was all but over and I increasingly found myself getting wound up about having to gird myself for the ensuing working week. Once I got to Wednesday Lunchtime I was beginning to cheer up, as I was at least halfway through. – resolution? – I quit and took an easier job – now I’m a lot easier to live with!

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    Comment number 231.

    what a waste of time. its just a saying, doesnt mean it bears any scientific facts. surely scientists have more important things to investigate, say solving our world's energy crisis, global warming, etc, rather than spending so much time researching what day we feel the least happy? seems as if common sense isn't enough these days to answer life's "great mysteries" ..

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    Comment number 230.

    A day is a day is a day... the only difference between a ''good/ one and a 'bad' one is your attitude!

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    Comment number 229.

    They can't make a statement like that...because it's still Monday...I do "Hate Mondays"...well most of them....

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    Comment number 228.

    All days are bad, The British employer out too screw his employees, the worst employers in the world, and getting worse by the day. Fact

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    Comment number 227.

    187.jesus bermudez
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    I would get rid off Tuesdays, that is when we have RE (religious education).
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    I'd have thought someone with your name would welcome RE

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    Comment number 226.

    Whatever the day of the week, I would rather live them here than other parts of the world in the news lately.

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    Comment number 225.

    My new baby will see his first Monday tommrow....I wonder what he will think of it?

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    Comment number 224.

    I'm a freelancer, so I like a busy Monday because that means I'll make money and I like a quiet Monday because I'm free to do the things I enjoy while everyone's moaning about Mondays...

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    Comment number 223.

    I detest tuesday morning. you don't have the wonderfull spillover of weekend memories you still have while on monday. You've already gone through a whole day's worth of work, so there's been workweek behind and before you; and you still have four (four!) weekdays ahead. Lord in heaven.

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    Comment number 222.

    I look forward to my little girl waking me up in the morning and when she comes running to see me with a big smile when I get home from work.

    With just that small thing and I can put up with crap my employer and successive government does to me

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    Comment number 221.

    I think anyone who still works for someone else 9-5 Monday - Friday is inevitably going to be miserable on Monday (except bankers that is). Thankfully I gave up that rat race several years ago and now have weekends midweek which is much nicer. Doesn't mean my Fridays are miserable though....

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    Comment number 220.

    I gave up on the formal days of the week years ago.

    I now operate on oneday twoday threeday fourday fiveday sixday and sevenday

    Strangely enough I hate twodays

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    Comment number 219.

    " I don't care if Monday's blue, Tuesday's grey and Wednesday too, Thursday I don't care about you - it's Friday I'm in love" . The Cure knew what they were on about - obviously:)

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    Comment number 218.

    I work Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun every week swapping the occasional Sunday for a Monday. I work fulltime but 4 days of longer shifts. I find working this way with 3 days off every week stops me from considering any day of the week "miserable". Of course, Mondays tend to be busier in the office but then the time just flies by! - To be honest - just grateful for having a job in the first place!

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    Comment number 217.

    216 & 215

    every Popular HYS run in the last week has crashed .
    The two on assange have crashed after a few hours with 1000 + posts.
    Political ones descend into anti left / right dung flinging .
    And all have wound up with criticism of the BBC for either
    Bias of reporting
    Bias of subject
    Bias of moderation .

    Personally I think this subject is the kind of subject that HYS can still work on .

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    Comment number 216.

    Not far from outright revolution in Bahrain, Al-Qaeda versus Assad in Syrian civil war, US trying to pass NDAA, Trapwire, and UK threatening to violate a sovereign nations embassy.Global economy one step away from deflationary death spiral, imminent war between israel/usa and iran, and HYS lets us comment on miserable mondays.

    Priorities?

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    Comment number 215.

    Scientists dispel 'Miserable Monday' myth.

    Another stunningly useless topic by the BBC HYS site.

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    Comment number 214.

    As a self-employed person who works a minimum 6 day week, and quite often 7 days, the question is somewhat irrelevant. Everyday has it's upsides and downsides - just enjoy each day, and if you don't enjoy what you are doing do something else!

 

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