Twitter’s most recent tweets about Mondays:
- “If Monday had balls, I would kick Monday in the balls” – @JordanConnor11
- “Monday feels like the longest day of the week!!” – @TrapOfficiall
- “You know what’s worse than Monday? Nothing” – @QuotingJokes
Poor Monday. It has such a bad rep for no reason. It is notorious for being a “bad day” by no fault of its own. Yes, I have been the victim of a Monday before, but lately I can’t help but wonder if Mondays are only bad because we give them the power to be bad. Here’s what I mean.
If you’ve ever taken a speech, philosophy, or theories class, you might’ve heard of the self-fulfilling prophecy. The self-fulfilling prophecy, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, is when you think so much about something that is or isn’t going to happen, that it actually does or doesn’t happen. For example, there are those who believe that if you think positively about getting a good grade on a test you have coming up – and picture it happening – you’ll actually get a good grade on the test. Basically you give power to the negativity or positivity.
Throughout our culture, Mondays are referred to negatively so often. In the Garfield comic, Garfield hates Mondays because bad things always seem to happen to him on that day. In the movie Office Space, Nina says to Peter “someone’s got a case of the Mondays,” suggesting Mondays are the bearer of all bad things. Commonly sourced Urban Dictionary even defines Monday as “the biggest waste, of exactly one seventh of your life,” and “the reason Sundays suck.”
In case you’re wondering, the way to counteract the self-fulfilling prophecy is to focus only on the event and not your feelings associated with it. Be prepared for the worst, but don’t get caught up in your feelings of what will happen if the worst does occur. The key for avoiding a “case of the Mondays”? Hear what other people have to say about the day, but don’t take it to heart. What may be true for them might not be true for you. Don’t doom yourself to a bad day just because of pre-existing stigma.