Mondays might be the most hated day of the week, in the West. People loathe Monday. It’s an overused meme, a tired joke, and a sad truth. We all dread the return of the workweek, the end of the weekend, and the return of tasks, office humor, sitting at our desks, and saying goodbye to the sunshine for five more days. No one says “thank god its Monday.”
Monday doesn’t deserve its bad rap, though. Monday basically means “moon day,” named after the old Norse god Mani. Monday is from the Old English “Mōnandæg.”
There are Mondays we all love, Mondays we all hate, and Mondays we couldn’t care less about. Here are the top Mondays, good and bad.
Following Black Friday’s mad dash for doorbusters and more, Cyber Monday brings the shopping madness to the computer screen. Cyber Monday sees billions of dollars in sales each year. Ellen Davis, senior vice president of research and strategic initiatives at the National Retail Federation, invented the phrase “Cyber Monday” in 2005 – as far as marketing goes, Ellen belongs in the Hall of Fame.
Monday Night Football
Speaking of the Hall of Fame, Monday Night Football has been an American institution since 1970. It’s usually a big matchup and aired live in prime time. Monday Night Football gathers millions of viewers, has its own theme song, and has been the place where hundreds of great moments have happened.
Not every day of the week advertising pitch really works, though. Blue Monday was originally part of an advertising push for a travel company, Blue Monday was billed as the saddest day of the year, found by scientific algorithm. It was later proven to be a bit of a hoax. However, the idea that the third Monday of January might be the saddest day of the year, with the cold, the dark, and the end of the holiday season isn’t such a stretch.
A survey in 2011 reported that the average person complains for about 34 minutes on a Monday morning, compared to 22 minutes on other days. (Don’t have meetings on a Monday!)
On average, Monday is the least rainy day of the week.
A study in the UK found that most people do not smile until 11:16am on Monday.
Stock market returns are lower on Monday. It is the only day that the US market is more likely to fall than rise.
The suicide rate is highest on Mondays.
You are most likely to have a heart attack or stroke on a Monday.
More people call sexually transmitted disease hotlines on Mondays than any other day.
What is it about Mondays that attract calamity and misfortune? Black Monday was the infamous stock market crash in 1987, which saw the Dow Jones fall by a fifth, in one day. This remains the record holder for largest decline in one day in history.
I Don’t Like Mondays, Boomtown Rats
This song seems like an innocuous description of the Monday blues and blahs we all have, but it actually has a sad backstory. Bob Geldof wrote the song after hearing about a school shooting in San Diego, in 1979, based on a quote in the news.
Plough Monday goes back to at least the 16th century. The first Monday after January 6th was designated as Plough Monday, where the town plough was dragged around the town, collecting money. Some towns brought the plough into the Church to be blessed, before fields were sown. It is considered the start of the agricultural year in England.