Have a case of the Mondays? Let us tell you why the most hated day of the week is actually one of the best with these fun facts about Monday!
“Monday, Monday. Can’t trust that day.” This is the famous opening line from the Mamas and the Papas song, and it sure is true. Waking up on Monday morning after a glorious weekend is always the toughest day of the week.
In our research we found that Monday is all about mindset. We’ve convinced ourselves over the years that Mondays are terrible. In fact, we are most often late to work on Monday. We also call in sick on Monday more than any other day!
But are there any fun facts about Monday to cheer us up? What is good about this first day of the week? You’ll find what in this article all about Monday!
Monday is a motivational kickstart. Monday is invigorating. Also, Monday is a chance to begin fresh, set new goals, and set the potential for the week ahead.
And finally, Monday also is a spark for creativity, with so many great songs written about this day. We want to change the stigma around Monday and let it shine like the moon it is named after.
So, come and discover more Monday facts and why we think it’s actually one of the best days of the week!
21 Fun Facts About Monday
1. A new start
Let’s start off on a positive note! Mondays are the best day of the week to set a new goal or start a new project.
The beginning of the week can be a great motivational tool. If we can shake off the Monday blues and get started, this day of the week can feel invigorating and fresh!
2. If we can’t get started
With that said, most people find Monday the hardest day of the week to put in the hours. It may be the hangover from the weekend or the prospect of the long week ahead.
According to one study, people average just 3.5 hours of productive work on Mondays – the lowest of the week. That’s basically 40 to 50% less than other days of the week.
3. The moon’s day
The origins of the word Monday come from the Anglo-Saxon Mondandaeg, which translates to the moon’s day. In Latin, it’s Dies Lunae. And there you have it – some extinct language Monday facts for you there.
4. Late on Monday
Over 50% of people are late to work or school on Monday. It’s often hard to get up and organized after the weekend. Or maybe we’re avoiding our responsibilities.
There is also the traffic of the Monday rush to consider. Monday is also the most popular day to call in sick to work. Hey, there’s a lot going on on Monday’s!
5. The cat who hates Monday
Garfield, the orange, lasagna-loving cartoon cat created by Jim Davis, famously hates Mondays. Some declarations from Garfield include: “I’m a Friday person in a Monday world,” and “Pardon my Monday face.”
We hear you Garfield! You’re spitting truths!
6. Cyber Monday
The Monday after Thanksgiving in the US is known as Cyber Monday. This online sales extravaganza began in 2005 and is now the biggest online shopping day of the year. It’s convenient too – a month before Christmas and you can get all your shopping done from home!
Monday is also the busiest day to do your online shopping throughout the year. We’d guess this is because everyone is bored at work and they’re shopping online instead!
7. Monday the dynamo
This is one of the more obscure facts about Mondays for any of you word nerds out there (we see you!). Monday is the only day of the week that can be anagrammed into another word: dynamo! We bet you this one comes up on your next trivia night now.
8. Are you ready for some football?
Monday Night Football is a surefire way to cure the Monday blues for sports fans. Since 1970, MNF has showcased a Monday night game and is one of the longest-running primetime TV programs ever. What team has played in the most MNF games? The Miami Dolphins.
9. A Monday language lesson
Would this even be a breakdown of Monday facts without the prerequisite language lesson? Are you ready to expand your vocabulary?
Here’s just a smattering of foreign language Mondays. French: Lundi. Italian: Lunedi. Danish: Mandag. Spanish: Lunes. Welsh: Dydd Llun. Turkish: Pazartesi.
10. Our bodies hate Mondays
On Mondays two discouraging things occur: we weigh the most and we sleep the worst. The weight is attributed to indulging on the weekend with food and drink or pausing our exercise routine.
As for sleep, the late nights or extra hours of sleep from the weekend can mess with our sleep cycle.
11. Or is it all in our head?
Here’s one of the more intriguing facts about Mondays: Physiologically our bodies react no differently on Monday than any other day of the week.
However, the psychological impact of Monday is startling. When people are asked about stress levels, anxiety, and sleep quality, Monday almost always receives the lowest grade.
12. Motivational Monday facts
There are many popular social media hashtags when it comes to the different days of the week. Think of #ThrowbackThursday or #TransformationTuesday.
For Monday, three of the most popular are #MondayBlues, #ManCrushMonday and #MotivationMonday. On a positive note, #MondayBlues gets 3 million posts each Monday, but #MotivationMonday gets 25 million!
13. Musical Monday
Monday can be straight up inspiring! There have been so many popular songs that have used Monday as their muse.
There is “Monday, Monday” by The Mamas and the Papas, “Manic Monday” by The Bangles, “Monday Morning” by Fleetwood Mac, and “Blue Monday” by New Order. Excuse us, while we go make a Monday Spotify playlist!
14. I Don’t Like Mondays
Another popular Monday song has a disturbing backstory. The rock hit, “I Don’t Like Mondays” by the Boomtown Rats was inspired by a tragic shooting.
In 1979, Brenda Spencer killed two people at a school in San Diego, California. When asked why she did it, she responded, “I just don’t like Mondays.”
15. How about a smile?
According to a UK study it takes us longer to smile on Monday than any other day of the week.
On average it isn’t until 11:16 AM that we show our pearly whites. Wow, if these Monday facts are teaching us anything it’s that Monday really plays on our psyches!
16. Monday mindset
Many inspirational speakers and health professionals are calling for a mindset shift when it comes to Monday. If we believe we are sicker, unhappier, and lazier on Monday, this becomes a part of the collective consciousness.
If we can shift our mindset to Monday as an invigorating fresh start we can pull ourselves out of the Monday blues.
17. Black Monday
Either called Black Monday or Black Tuesday depending on the timezone, the stock market crash of 1987 was a worldwide event where stocks fell to extreme new lows. You can even watch a dramatization of the crash on the Showtime TV series, Black Monday.
18. Blue Monday
With all of this Monday trivia being quite negative, it’s no surprise Blue Monday is a thing. This is when we feel down that the fun of the weekend’s gone and it’s the start of the week. Shockingly, suicides and heart attacks are both more likely to occur on Monday.
19. Religious Mondays
In many religions, Monday is utilized for reflection and fasting. Muslims fast on Monday because the prophet Mohammed was born and also fasted on Monday. Christian monks commemorate the angels on Monday. Apart from Sunday, Monday is the most holy of days.
20. What happened on Monday?
Many interesting historical events have occurred on Monday. Here are a few of our favorites: The Titanic sank on April 15th, 1912. Mickey Mouse first appeared on November 19th, 1928.
The Beatles premiered on live television on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 10th, 1964, and YouTube went live on February 14th, 2005.
21. You should buy a car on Mondays
How about this as a cheeky Monday fact – if you’re looking to buy a new car, do it on a Monday. Studies have shown that car salespeople are busiest over the weekend with little time for customers.
That means, if you want a more personal approach and the chance at getting a cheaper deal, you should go car shopping on a Monday!
Have we convinced you that Monday is worth celebrating? Or did these fun facts about Monday only confirm your beliefs? Let us know if we’ve missed any facts in the comments below and we’ll add them to this article.