We all know that Mondays stink, but now science has proved it. Researchers who published a new study in the journal Science say they’ve determined that people feel the most negative on Mondays. The researchers also concluded that people feel a renewed sense of optimism every morning after a night’s sleep but that it deteriorates throughout the day.
No one is shocked by the findings (the novel part of the study was the methodology of analyzing Twitter), but for anyone who wants to beat the cold, hard numbers, here are a few suggestions for maintaining optimism throughout the day—even on a Monday:
- Keep your canines happy by taking them for several walks a day, playing games of fetch, and visiting the dog park regularly. Their unadulterated joy will be infectious, and watching dogs wriggling with happiness is like a shot of pure optimism straight into the bloodstream.
- Brighten your Monday by joining the Meatless Monday movement. Grab some friends and go to a vegan-friendly restaurant or try a mouthwatering new vegan recipe.
- Do something meaningful that makes you feel good. To find PETA volunteer opportunities and other actions to help animals in your area, join PETA’s Action Team.
- Follow PETA on Twitter or “like” us on Facebook to receive up-to-the-minute, animal-related posts.
Have an idea for maintaining optimism throughout the day? Share it with others in the comment section or tweet it to us @peta. (That’ll show those tweeping Toms!)
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan