Happy Monday – 10 reasons today’s not so bad
Today – the third Monday in January – is often cited as the most miserable day of the year, and it’s not hard to see why. The last vestiges of the festive season have evaporated, the bills for all those presents and food have arrived, and spring feels like a long way off.
But we think Mondays get a bad rap. After all, it’s not as bad as Tuesday – which, as it turns out, is actually the least-loved day of the week. So here’s a few facts about the start of the week that will hopefully make you appreciate Monday a little more.
1. It’s not as gloomy as you think
The traditional image of Monday may be of trudging to work in the cold and the wet – a bit like this morning! But actually, this is unfounded. In reality, Monday has less rain than any other day of the week. Some say it’s because it benefits from the reduced pollution over the weekend.
2. It’s a time for retail therapy
If you are feeling a bit down today, there’s nothing like a bit of retail therapy to cheer you up. By now, we’re all familiar with the Cyber Monday shopping event, but with productivity inevitably taking a hit, up to half of workers will be indulging in a bit of online shopping to pass the time on an average Monday.
3. You can grab a bargain
It’s not just online where you can get a great deal on Mondays. It’s also statistically the best day of the week to buy a new car. This is because salespeople expect a downturn in business following the weekend rush, so will be more likely to offer you a better deal to guarantee a sale.
4. It’s not that depressing
People tend to think of Mondays as the most depressing day of the week, but research shows it’s actually not true. When people are asked to record their stress levels throughout the week, Mondays come out no worse than any other day – it just tends to feel that way in hindsight because it comes immediately after stress-free Sunday.
5. It’s got history
Did you know the word Monday goes back over 1,000 years? It originally comes from the Anglo-Saxon monedæi, which literally translates to ‘moon’s day’. Its associations with the moon’s waxing and waning reflect changing moods – so the idea of Monday as a particularly depressing or unlucky day are far from modern inventions.
6. It gave us cat videos
Monday, February 14th 2005 is a date all office workers should be thankful for, as it was on this date that YouTube was first introduced to the world. Almost 12 years later, how many of us can get through Mondays without our fix of cat videos and dancing babies?
7. We get time off
Here in the UK, four of our bank holidays fall on Mondays (more if Christmas and New Year fall on a weekend), including the first Monday in May. Traditionally celebrated by the Celts as the beginning of summer, Beltane, as it used to be called, included traditions such as sharing flowers and dancing – activities which survive to this day.
8. It’s a source of musical inspiration
Sure, not all songs about Monday are positive (thanks, Bob Geldof), but it also gave us tunes like The Bangles’ Manic Monday. They were actually the second band to perform the song – it was originally written by Prince. However, the song never made number one, as it missed out on the top spot in the charts to Kiss – performed, ironically, by Prince.
9. It’s fair of face
As the classic nursery rhyme goes, Monday’s child is fair of face. In fact, it’s Wednesday that has the least positive connotations in this verse, with those being born in midweek supposedly destined to a life full of woe. Suddenly, the first day of the week doesn’t seem so bad.
10. There aren’t that many of them!
Still not convinced that Monday is a great day? If all else fails, you can at least take some comfort in the fact you only have to endure them one day in seven – and this year, it’s even better news. There are only 52 Mondays this year – next year there’ll be 53 .
By Humphrey Sims