Study Predicts a Happier Weekend

I am writing this Friday afternoon and I have a feeling its going to be a happy weekend.

Apparently you are going to have a happy weekend, too.

At least it should be “happier”.

That is what a recent study from University of Rochester, published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, predicts for those of us who work Monday to Friday.

The happy study tracked the moods of 74 adults, aged 18 to 62, who worked at least 30 hours per week.

For three weeks, participants were paged randomly, once in the morning, the afternoon and the evening.

When paged, participants completed a brief questionnaire describing their current activity and, using a point scale, they rated their feelings like happiness, joy,  pleasure as well as negative feelings of anxiety, anger, and depression.

Physical symptoms of stress, such as headaches, digestive problems, respiratory ills, or low energy, also were recorded.

Regardless of age, education, employment, gender and marital status, everyone showed a substantial boost in moral beginning Friday morning and continuing on until… you guessed it… that dreaded Monday morning.

Confirming what most of us knew since elementary school, weekends really are a happier time.

Professor of psychology and author of the study, Richard Ryan, says “When people are working they feel less autonomy, they feel less choice, they feel less freedom, and they also aren’t with the people they love (except in special cases), whereas when you’re not working you’re much more likely to be making your own decisions and to be with people you love”

“Workers, even those with interesting, high status jobs, really are happier on the weekend,” continued Ryan ” Our findings highlight just how important free time is to an individual’s well-being,”

Are you stuck grinding out the weekend shift?

Don’t be glum chum!  The study also mentioned that just  the fact that IT’S THE WEEKEND, will lift your spirits some.

“What we found is that period from Friday to Sunday night, everybody feels a little bit better, even those who are working,” says Dr. Ryan. “And we think that’s probably because cool things are happening on the weekend, that’s when events are happening. And there’s also a social contagion effect, since other people are happy, that might affect even you.”

 

Need some interesting reading over the weekend?

Kick your feet up, relax, be yourself and  read the full report HERE

 

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