Okay, so it’s Monday. You’re probably already exhausted and the week has barely begun. You’re dreading the number of assignments due, and the midterms coming up. Now, stop for a minute. Why has Monday become the worst day of the week!? It should be the opportunity to start over. It should be seen as a positive thing: a clean slate. Trust me, I understand the stereotype of Mondays. Personally, I thought I had a test today. I studied all night to prepare, and then I got to class and found out that it’s actually on Friday. At first I was definitely upset and uttered the words “it’s definitely a Monday.” However, that got me thinking. It’s Monday. The test is on Friday. Instead of being frustrated, I should be happy that now I will be even more prepared. Yes, maybe I could have gotten a little extra sleep, but in the big picture, it isn’t the worst thing in the world.
There are even the statistics to prove that today will be a good day. On one day in time, on this Monday, 42 million hugs will have occurred. The words “I love you” will be said over 9 million times. Today, more than 350,000 babies will be born all over the world. You will laugh at least 15 times. Your heart will beat over 100,000 times. Your brain will come up with about 70,000 thoughts. Some amazing things can happen in 24 hours and we have to allow ourselves to see them.
Your Monday might seem tedious. If you go through what you’ve done today I’m sure it looks something like this: wake up, eat breakfast, go to class, eat lunch, do homework, eat dinner, and go to bed. Now, instead, think about all of things you have to be thankful for from this day. I woke up with a roof over my head, I had a nourishing meal, I had the chance to receive a good education, I interacted with friends who mean the world to me, and the sun is shining. It may sound cliche, but it is productive to find the positivity in the tediousness of a Monday.
The way that your Monday turns out is in your hands. You may not be able to control the exact events that occur, but you can control the way you respond. Be the person known as “the one who likes Mondays.” 2016 has a total of 52 mondays. You have the chance to complain 52 times or get up and make the most of it. Each day, including Monday, is a chance for more kindness and happiness. Change your mindset about Mondays and I promise your week will get a whole lot better.
Ps. Here’s a motivational Monday playlist to make it even better