Are Mondays that bad?

Hundreds of people were asked to record their moods on a daily basis, comment on their best and worst days of previous weeks, and identify which days they expected to be the best in the weeks to come. A small random subset were also interviewed.

Intriguingly, with foresight and hindsight people dread Monday, but when moods were recorded on Monday they were not significantly worse than any other day of the week.

The same was true of Friday. Everyone looked forward to it, but mood was not actually better.

And then there are Mondays when it's an oven outside ...

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