Why we don’t like Mondays

Cartoonist Jim Davis is the man behind lasagna-loving, Monday-hating Garfield the cat, who lives with his long-suffering owner, Jon, and fellow pet and well, unless you have been living under a rock, or are under 20, you know what I’m talking about.

“Garfield” is the world’s most widely syndicated comic strip, with dozens of record-breaking best-selling books, and in a recent interview, Davis talked about his enjoyment in producing Garfield in all forms of media, but “what gets me out every day is the comic strip. That’s what I do best and I love it. It is so much fun to do because it is really positive just sitting and thinking of funny stuff and then trying to draw a really funny picture. Here I am a grown man, still it is so much fun.”

Readers of his strip will know all too well that whilst the comic is full of mirth, the main protagonist, Garfield, finds nothing funny at all about Mondays.

Theories abound.

1. It’s because Mondays actually come alive (remember it’s a comic strip) and attack him.

2. He hates Mondays because that’s the day when worst things happen.

3. It had something to do with him being aware that he’s in a comic strip. In the traditional format, of course, Sundays received the longest strips, and for a long time they were the only ones in color.

Therefore, the Sunday strip gives him the most freedom to do as he wishes.

The following day however, a Monday, he’d have to either restrict his freedom to express himself or stretch it out over the course of several days.

Well, some researchers believe they are finally able to offer an explanation as to why Mondays are traditionally so dreaded.

Weekends, you see, can be a time for relaxing in bed. Those who spend Saturday and Sunday sleeping in and enjoying the added comfort of not needing to be anywhere are inadvertently programming themselves to hate Mondays.

It appears that sleeping in on the weekend is precisely the problem.

Sleeping later on the weekends than you usually do throughout the week confuses your body, throwing your circadian rhythm out of whack and researchers say it’s essentially like giving yourself mild jet lag.

If you generally tend to enjoy late nights throughout the week coupled with early starts and therefore create a pattern of not enough sleep for yourself (and let’s face it, plenty of us do that) and then just catch up on sleep on the weekends, you are messing with your circadian rhythms.

The best advice is you should stay on a regular schedule.

As for why Garfield really hates Mondays, well a fourth theory makes itself obvious. Just think of Garfield as more of a symbol celebrating laziness.

We can relate to Garfield because sometimes we’re just as self-indulgent and lazy as he is and so he hates Mondays because, well, so do we.