Cheer up—your lousy Monday morning isn’t as bad as you think. People’s moods actually vary very little from Monday to Thursday, says a new study in the Journal of Positive Psychology. The interesting part? When asked to remember their moods on previous days that week, people scored Monday as way bluer than it actually was.
How come? You think Monday sucks more than it actually does because you’re happier on the weekends. There’s a dramatic shift in mood from Sunday to Monday that isn’t nearly as extreme the rest of the week, researchers believe. (That’s why Wednesdays and Thursdays don’t seem so terrible in retrospect.)