Monday, Monday: So good to me or Can’t trust that day?

For those of you who are of a certain age, the title today’s post will have some meaning.  The title comes from the first two stanzas of a famous song from the 1960’s “Monday, Monday” by the Mamas and the Papas.      I remember them well and had the good fortune to have two older brothers who listened to some pretty good music during that era.

As we start the week I thought it might be interesting to share a few statistics on what can occur on Mondays.  It never hurts to be prepared.

This information comes from an article at

Research shows conclusively that the most common day for heart attacks is Monday.   Statistics spike on Monday mornings, in particular, since heart attacks occur between 4 a.m. and 10 a.m. more than any other six-hour period. The Women’s Heart Foundation notes that blood platelets are stickier in the morning hours, which can contribute to an attack.

From the same article:

Asked to identify the time of day when most migraine headaches start, subjects in a study by Leslie Kelman, M.D., most commonly answered “anytime.” But the first runner-up was “morning,” which is supported by other studies as well. Reports also suggest that migraines in children are more likely to occur on Mondays. “No scientific reason has been established but presumably it’s [associated with] the stress of returning to school on Monday after a weekend off,” says Dr. Kelman, medical director of the Headache Center of Atlanta and member of the American Headache Society.

I would have thought that driving on Monday was hazardous, but here are some statistics from the NHTSA that refute my assumptions:

Without further ado, here are the rankings averaged out over the last ten years (2000-2009) with the most dangerous day listed first:

  1. Saturday — 6,826 crashes per year
  2. Sunday — 6,007 crashes per year
  3. Friday — 5,865 crashes per year
  4. Thursday — 4,767 crashes per year
  5. Monday — 4,603 crashes per year
  6. Wednesday — 4,508 crashes per year
  7. Tuesday — 4,455 crashes per year

Not particularly surprising, but it’s interesting to see the range. You’re over 1.5 times more likely to get into a crash on Saturday than you are on Tuesday (the safest day of the week).  

Many people wonder the best day of the week to resign or quit their job.  I have heard arguments for Monday and Friday and I see the plusses and minuses for each.  It just depends upon your situation.

If you are afraid of dying, Monday is not a worry, because Wednesday is shown to be the most frequent day for people to die.

Which day do people start a new job?  Monday, hands down.  (I suspect that adds to stress for both the new hire and the employer.)

Remember your school days?  We never had a test on Monday.  Did you?

Mondays hold many opportunities and many challenges.

My encouragement to you is to go out and make this Monday a great one.

I’ll be back with more on Wednesday.  Have a great week!