Scientists dispel 'Miserable Monday' myth

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

Related Stories

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.

 

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

Comments

This entry is now closed for comments

Jump to comments pagination
 
  • rate this
    +4

    Comment number 173.

    Are you telling me that there are actually people/researchers getting paid somewhere to find out which days of the week everyone else hates or likes more?!!! WHAT A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY! LOL!

  • rate this
    +1

    Comment number 172.

    There is the constant dilemma. Do I work for myself, or work for someone else.

    The answer, probably, is a bit of both?

  • rate this
    +1

    Comment number 171.

    We already knew this.

    HINES, EARL / ECKSTINE, BILLY /

    They call it Stormy Monday
    But Tuesday's just as bad.
    They call it Stormy Monday
    But Tuesday's just as bad.
    Lord, and Wednesday's worse
    And Thursday's all so sad.

  • rate this
    +1

    Comment number 170.

    When I worked, Mondays were OK because everyone talked about what they did that weekend, football, etc.

    Tuesdays, however, were my nadir. The high of the previous weekend is gone and it's the furthest from the next weekend.

  • rate this
    +7

    Comment number 169.

    I think most people in Britain just hate their jobs. These days, we're brought up to think life is gonna be great. During education, we're pushed in to subjects we're good at, not that we enjoy. Then we leave education and have to get a job. Chances of getting a job that you like and are good at is soooo slim that we all just want to escape to the weekend.

  • rate this
    +3

    Comment number 168.

    Frankly, I think the scientists and society have it all mixed up thus far and propose an alternative theory. To date we suggest we feel more negative towards some specific days of the week and positive towards others. That much I agree with. However, I put to you that we feel more postive approaching and ON our days off (which may be any day of the week as we all know) than when on days we work.

  • rate this
    +4

    Comment number 167.

    I love my work, I don't have bad days ever. Some are better than others but they are all good.

    Just think, you get roundly 22000 days of adulthood, when you can make the decisions you want about your life. Dont waste any of them by wishing them away. Make the most of what you've got and be happy. Somewhere there's someone a lot worse off than you!

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 166.

    In the words of T bone Walker

    'They call it stormy Monday,
    But Tuesdays just as bad'

    Although in my case its because on Mondays I have to sort thre rubbish & drag 2 stinking wheelie bins, round from the ally at the back of my house & put them at the side of the main road.

    On Tuesday I have to drag them back again.

    Apart from that they are no worse or better than any other day.

  • rate this
    +4

    Comment number 165.

    Very few people can actually be happy wasting 5 7ths(+) of their lives in employment?
    Especially when most work is ultimately meaningless and often immoral, to be spat out at the end as in-valid sorry invalid?
    Hey, mustn't gerumble!

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 164.

    Right, it's half five so I'm off. I really hate work on Mondays don't you!

  • rate this
    -6

    Comment number 163.

    People should be grateful to have a job, and not moan about which day of the week it is. Everyone has a choice on how they want to live there lives. People should stop blaming outside factors for being miserable, and get off there backside and improve themselves.
    Look at the work ethic in Asian countries, and learn how hard work can bring happiness.
    Wake up lazy Britain, and work harder, not less.

  • rate this
    +1

    Comment number 162.

    If the Sunday trading laws are abolished doubt I'll acknowledge Mondays as the start of the week.

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 161.

    re: 126.ashabumbleb
    You're missing the beauty of Tuesdays.
    Taking away Tuesday makes Wednesday evening the middle of the week, essentially removing Wednesday's 'raison d'etre'.
    Wednesday is then demoted to just a 'filler' day. (Which I believe it's your argument against Tuesdays).
    Take away Tuesday's 'Yin', it stands to reason, you'll lose Wednesday 'Yang'.
    Does history teach us nothing!

  • rate this
    +10

    Comment number 160.

    157. Rabbitkiller

    "If you loathe what the day brings you're in the wrong job"

    I agree with your point but unfortunately for many people stuck in a job they hate it's very difficult to change careers. In the current climate, if you don't have the previous experience on your CV you don't get the interview.

  • rate this
    +2

    Comment number 159.

    Relax everyone ( eg Rabbitkiller). We wouldn't be sitting here thinking of the days of the week if not for the subject being presented.

    In other words, I'm sure you, like me, have other things on our mind and are only taking a reprieve from them by being here. Hi Moderators.

  • rate this
    +1

    Comment number 158.

    What a crass piece of hole-ridden research. The circumstances when reporting perceptions are important. Ask someone about the prospect of 'Monday' on a Sunday evening after a relaxing w/e & you're likely to get a much more gloomy response than the same question posed, say on a Monday eve., asking about Tuesday, once the working week is in progress.

    In which case, 'Miserable Monday' is not a myth.

  • rate this
    +1

    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!

  • rate this
    +6

    Comment number 156.

    "Scientists dispel 'Miserable Monday' myth... We may hate Mondays, but research suggests Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are equally loathed."

    Gosh, good job there are 7 days in the week, else not much to live for.

  • rate this
    +1

    Comment number 155.

    If you do not like your work time I guess you are in the wrong job. Perhaps you chose one for good pay rather than what you enjoy doing.

    Of course pressure or chore like times can make something you like doing less enjoyable than doing it as a hobby, but you are getting money for it!

    Are people saying they look forward to the weekly shop, house cleaning, mowing, more?

  • rate this
    +2

    Comment number 154.

    If this is all we have to think about, seems to me we are really well off. But then again, if this is all we have to think about......maybe not.

 

Page 4 of 12

 

More Health stories

RSS

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.