Those Monday blues last through the week

Feeling blue on a Monday is considered common, but new research has revealed workers experience similar misery every day of the week except for Friday. According to a report by experts from Stony Brook University published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, the concept of "miserable Mondays" should be ditched.

People appear to become happier as they approach the weekend, according to the study, supporting the concept of individuals having "that Friday feeling".

Professor Arthur Stone confirmed the belief that Mondays cause people the most unhappiness should be abandoned, as those polled reported to be more contented and experience less stress on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, while it is the contrast in mood from Sunday to Monday that had previously led to the first day of the week being singled out.

"Cultural myths may vastly over-emphasise actual day of the week mood patterns," Prof Stone - who is the vice-chairman of the New York university's department of psychiatry and behavioural science - commented.

Chartered Psychologist Susan Lovegrove commented: "Cultural myths may vastly over-emphasise actual day of the week mood patterns is spot on.

"The good news however is that savvy employers can easily lift their team's mood and get the week off to a positive and energised start. A stressful commute to work on a crowded train or tube can perpetuate the myth of Blue Mondays and enforce the unwritten rule that no-one should be over-cheerful or even dare to speak before midday.

"A savvy leader will give their colleagues time to log on, get some caffeine, slowly go through their mental office warm-up then take them to a bright staff/meeting room or a buzzy local cafe for lunch.

"As moods are highly infectious, an empowering and upbeat leader can take this time to set an optimistic emotional tone for the week and obliterate any Monday Blues."