Gloomy Tuesday: Rank your favourite days of the week
My favourite day is Sunday. Maybe it’s because I worked almost every Sunday for a good five years, now when I don’t have to work it still feels a bit like I’m sneaking the day off.
Fridays are obviously fantastic. Although that feeling is amplified on a Thursday if I’ve worked the previous weekend and am staring down the barrel of three days off.
Saturdays have many things going for them, but the feeling of freedom is dampened for me by the ominous thud of a pile of newspapers the size of a house that sometimes sit there all weekend guilting me about the fact I never open the Arts section. And then there’s Tuesday. Blue Tuesday.
22,000 people used an iPhone app to record their moods and the results showed Tuesday was a bummer.
It makes sense.
George MacKerron, a PhD student at the London School of Economics who started the project, told London’s Daily Telegraph: “It seems plausible that on Monday the weekend has not quite worn off. By Tuesday they are well into the working week and the following weekend is not yet in sight.”
It’s like there’s nothing to look forward to on a Tuesday, unless you’re in to slightly cheaper movie tickets. It’s not even Wednesday, hump day, when there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
Sarah Wilson, who explores the pursuit of well being and happiness on her blog here, says for a lot of people Sundays are the worst because we put too much pressure on the day to be too many things.
I’d say Sundays are saddest. I’ve written a post on this: The gist: it’s the day before school and work starts back….which is heart-sinky.
But these days, this grim feeling is exasperated by the fact that we now treat Sundays as catch-up days. So many people I know get on the email around 4pm and trawl through the back-log of unopened messages, trying to get on top of things before the onslaught of the week. Or they go into the office after lunch.
They might have a nice morning with family or friends, but there’s that dread that hangs over… ALL OF WHICH is made even worse by the fact that Sundays are meant to be a day of rest. The fact we are denied this leaves us feeling so very resentful and ...sad.
So my list might be a bit off - but from best to least-best (let’s be positive) it goes:
Sunday, Friday, Thursday, Saturday, Wednesday, Monday, Tuesday.
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