I don’t like Mondays. Does anybody? I’ve always preferred to take a day off on a Monday over a Friday when I want a long weekend, because I don’t want my extended weekend to end with a Monday morning.
Apparently the US Government also felt that Monday mornings were better spent away from work when they passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Law. But what I find most interesting about this document is that the bill was signed as law in June of 1968, but it wasn’t put into effect until January 1st, 1971 which was 155 Mondays later.
And the United States isn’t the only country who has a problem with Mondays. According to a study by Marmite, a British food company, most of us find Mondays so difficult that we can’t even smile until after 11am, half of us will be late for work on Monday and most and will moan for around 12 minutes during the day.
Marmite’s study also offers some ways to help fight the Monday blues. Recommendations include watching television, having sex, shopping, and eating chocolate. I wonder how much money the spent figuring that out?
And the music industry proves the point even further with an abundance of music about Mondays, and none of it uplifting. Here are some, with links to the music videos..
I Don’t Like Mondays – The Boomtown Rats
Rainy Days and Mondays – The Carpenters
Manic Monday – The Bangles
Monday Monday – The Mamas and Papas
Blue Monday – Fats Domino
But all is not lost with Mondays. I did find a couple of good things. Historically Monday it’s the least rainy day of the week and it’s also the best day to buy a car. That might be because most people shop for cars on the weekend, making salespeople happier on Monday from a great sales weekend. Or, it’s possible that they sold no cars over the weekend and are more desperate to meet a quota, but either way…
So my afternoon of research about Mondays has led me to this. You should take Mondays off whenever possible, eat chocolate, have sex, enjoy the sunshine and go shopping. When explained that way, Mondays don’t seem so bad.