National Thank God Its Monday Day – January 4, 2020

Sat Jan 4

Thank God It’s Monday Day, celebrated every first Monday in January, is all about rewiring our minds to have a positive attitude about the most hated day of the week. A Monday can represent new opportunities, new beginnings, or simply a brand new chance, because you don’t just like your job, but you also intend to gun for that promotion and live your full potential. On National Thank God It’s Monday Day, seize the day with all your personal energy. It’s not just the first day of the week, it’s the first day of the rest of our lives.

History of National Thank God Its Monday Day

Monday, to most of us, is considered the first day of the week according to the international standard ISO 8601. In countries that adopt the “Sunday-first” convention, it is the second day of the week. The name of Monday is derived from Old English “Mōnandæg” and Middle English “Monenday”, originally a translation of Latin “dies lunae” or “day of the Moon.”

In modern times, it has become more common to consider Monday the first day of the week. Although, historically, the Greco-Roman week began with Sunday and Monday was the second day of the week. In Abrahamic religions, Monday is considered a special day. The Eastern Orthodox Church, for example, commemorates the angels on Monday.

In Islam, Mondays are one of the days in a week in which Muslims are encouraged to do voluntary fasting, the other being Thursdays. There are a number of Hadith which narrates of Prophet Muhammad fasting on these days. Similarly, in Judaism, Mondays are considered auspicious days for fasting.

Religion aside, research shows Thank God It’s Mondays celebrations as only going back a few years. It takes a special mindset to really appreciate the first day of the work or school week and to view it as a dynamically positive thing. It’s like forcing ourselves to learn to be “good with names,” simply because we know it’s the right thing to do.

We can also think of our employment situation in real terms. Who’s more likely to be promoted, the employee who shows up Monday morning looking like something the cat dragged in, or the one who’s there a half hour early, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed? Perhaps it is truly in our best interests to start seeing Mondays as the best day of the week. We can see Mondays as a brand new slate. Self-actualization is the key, and it can begin with a positive attitude about the otherwise-infamous Monday morning.

National Thank God Its Monday Day timeline

Monday, November 28, 2005
Steals and deals

The first post-Thanksgiving “Cyber Monday” puts goodies under many, many Christmas trees.

Monday, October 16, 1950
Aslan, we need you

C.S. Lewis’s first book in the Narnia series, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” is published, setting children’s imaginations on fire.

Monday, January 13, 1930
Steamboat Willie

America’s most iconic cartoon character, Mickey Mouse makes his very first print appearance, in the “New York Mirror.”

Monday, February 2, 1925
From out of the frozen wastes

The dogsled team led by a canine named Balto arrives in Nome, Alaska just in time to save residents from diphtheria with a newly invented serum.

National Thank God Its Monday Day FAQs

What does Monday mean?

Traditionally, Monday is the second day of the week — Sunday being the first — and its name comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “mondandaeg,” meaning “the moon’s day.” The Nordic peoples habitually worshipped the moon on the second day of the week.

 

Is Monday a lucky day?

It is believed that there are certain star (Zodiac / Sun) signs that may find one day of the week luckier than others. Monday is a day for new beginnings and is a lucky day for Cancer.

 

What is the luckiest birth month?

People born in May consider themselves to be the luckiest, with levels of optimism much higher than for those born at other times of the year.

National Thank God Its Monday Day Activities

  1. Show up fully committed

    Have a project due on Friday? Start on Monday. Scheduled for a beginning-of-the-week meeting on Monday morning? Brainstorm some new ideas and share them, in hopes of impressing your boss. The concept is to not consider your job to be a yoke around your neck, but an arena in which to excel and succeed, to the benefit of both yourself and your company.

  2. Check your work

    Be the first one in the office on Monday morning, and take that 45 minutes or an hour to go back through what you got done last week. Are there any errors? Anything you could have done better? Go back and fix it, and go into the week ahead armed with the ability to not repeat past mistakes.

  3. Be of service

    There may be some pointers you could give the new guy or gal, something you could tell them that helps them be a better team member, out of simple kindness. There might be something you could say around the water cooler that makes someone feel appreciated and valued. There may be a task that needs volunteering for. Take the job, and put your whole self into it. You’ll learn the true meaning of, “Hard work is its own reward.”

Why We Love National Thank God It’s Monday

  1. Shopping therapy

    Most people do their shopping on Mondays, that is because they’re experiencing the Monday Blues and want to get over it with spending money online

  2. Day of the moon

    The name for the day Monday from a translation of a Latin phrase “dies lunae” which means “day of the moon”. Sunday is for the sun, Monday is for the moon.

  3. Years with more Mondays!

    The years 2012 and 2018 are the only years in very recent time with a more than normal amount of Mondays, they both had 53 Mondays. This doesn’t happen very often but will happen again 2024.

  4. Less rain

    Of the seven days of the week Monday is the only day with the least amount of rain falls.

  5. A lucky day?

    Want to buy a car? Do it on Monday. Study shows that you’re likely going to get a better deal than on any day of the week or over the weekends.

Why We Love National Thank God Its Monday Day

  1. It presents a challenge to our usual habits

    There’s a reason why the phrase exists, “I have a bad case of the Mondays.” As mentioned above, we’ve been conditioned our whole lives to regard Monday morning as a bad thing. To turn your thinking around and see Mondays as positive represents a strong will and a level of self-discipline that you can be proud of.

  2. It’s a reversal of the usual norm

    If you appreciate diversity, have a flair for checking out the unknown, and like surprises, National Thank God It’s Monday Day will be something you find refreshing. It’s a new take on an old situation. It mixes things up. See what you can do that’s new and unexpected.

  3. We do appreciate our jobs, after all

    Think about what a large part of your identity your job is. It’s the first thing people want to know about you: “What do you do for a living?” So wouldn’t it make sense if you went in to work every week intending to go above and beyond the call? Today, give it a shot and see how it feels.

National Thank God Its Monday Day dates

YearDateDay
2021January 4Monday
2022January 3Monday
2023January 2Monday
2024January 1Monday