It is a myth that we are at our most miserable at the beginning of the week, according to academics. People’s moods on Mondays are actually no worse than on any other weekday barring Friday, a survey found.
The popular fixation on the idea of “Blue Monday” should be given the status of a “cultural myth,” the team behind the new findings wrote in the Journal of Positive Psychology.
“Despite our global beliefs about lousy Mondays, we conclude that this belief should be abandoned,” said lead researcher Arthur Stone, a professor at Stony Brook University in New York state.
Stone and colleagues analyzed data collected by Gallup from more than 340,000 American citizens in telephone interviews.
The respondents were asked whether they had felt enjoyment, happiness, worry, sadness, stress and anger during much of the previous day.
Not surprisingly, the results showed that people reported far more positive feelings and fewer negative feelings on Saturdays and Sundays compared with weekdays.
“The perception of Blue Mondays is likely prevalent due to the extreme contrast in mood from Sunday to Monday, even though there is no real difference in mood with Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday,” said Stone.
1. barring prep.
除外；除非 (chu2 wai4; chu2 fei1)
例: Barring any unexpected development, we should be able to finish the project on time.
2. lousy adj.
糟糕的；難熬的 (zao1 gao1 de5; nan2 ao2 de5)
例: We had a lousy weekend.
3. prevalent adj.
盛行的 (sheng4 xing2 de5)
例: The unknown disease is prevalent in some countries.