Wednesday, 8 September 2010

PART I: "It's Monday, Let's Go On A Diet!" What A Bad Idea.

When we think about the days of the week, it’s purely for counting purposes. We never stop to consider their significance – is there something more to them than just an idea of how much time has passed? Did you know there are some days better than others to do certain things?

Statistics play a vital role in whatever we decide to do. We decide to go on a certain type of diet because it is 95% effective, or we decide to take a job that gives us 20% more satisfaction. The numbers are significant. People who have studied these statistics have put two and two together, and found a relationship between the decisions we take and the days of the week.  It sounds bizarre, because we never really give a thought to these things. But it’s definitely interesting to note – after all, aren’t statistics the way to go about it?

Part I has the first four days of the week, and Part 2 will round off the week with the remaining days.

Good day to…Buy shares. It’s known as the Monday Effect at the stock markets. Share prices on Monday continue to move in the same direction that they do on Friday, making it easier to predict price changes.

Bad day to…Start a diet. 33% of those who have started with a dieting regime on a Monday have given up by Tuesday afternoon, according to a Yahoo poll. Also, the tension of returning to the workplace and the devouring of alcohol during the weekends means that you are 20% more likely to die of a heart attack on a Monday.

Good day to…Get important errands done. Our rationally thinking ‘left’ brain dominated early on in the week, making it better for routine and mundane jobs. It’s also a good day to update your Facebook page or your blog – the most number of hits are recorded on a Tuesday. Guess I’m a day late.

Bad day to…Have sex. Apparently, people hardly ever have sex on a Tuesday. Why, I guess we’ll never know.

Good day to…Go on a date. More than 40% of singles on a dating website reckon that Wednesday is the ideal day for a first date. The reason for this? Thursday. If the date goes well, you have some breathing time, but don’t have to wait too long for your second date on a Friday.

Bad day to…Be cheerful. Forget Monday blues, we are apparently most gloomy on a Wednesday. Analyses of internet blogs and writings have shown that people are their unhappiest right in the middle of the week.

Good day to…Have sex. Steroids which stimulate sexual hormones peak on a Thursday, which is considered the middle of the seven-day cycle. It is also best first thing in the morning, when levels of testosterone in men and estrogen in women are five times higher than any other time of the day.

Bad day to…Go to hospital. According to a study, you are likely to stay in the hospital up to 24 hours longer than you would if you were admitted on a Sunday.  Patients admitted on a Thursday stay at the hospital for an average of 6.3 days, compared with 5.3 on a Sunday.

So there you go, that’s Part I. What do you think?


  1. Dude I like this post, never knew all of what you mentioned. Better keep all of that in mind when choosing something to do on a particular day.

    You know what struck me most while reading your post was the whole Wednesday thing, i paused there and said to myself, "hey I am so depressed right now, and its a Wednesday!!" And i was left wondering is Wednesday really the anti-ecstasy day?
    There is a cloud of gloom hanging over me today, but i don't think it is because of the day, i have my reasons for it, and i bet you know what i am talking about! *wink wink*

  2. I think it has to do with Wednesday beingright in the middle of the working week, so there's stress from the first two days, but you know you can't relax for two more days. It can be quite frustrating, it's just like Uni if you think about it! :)

    Thanks :) I'm glad you liked it.

  3. Wednesday's a GREAT day for a first date. It's in he middle of a hard week, it's nice to go out for a fancy dinner and take the stress away. If you're on a nice date that is. Or else it just adds to a already-depressing week.

  4. what about the weekends? that should be the most interesting imo.
    nice post mri! i like.

  5. David - agree. In fact I've never even heard of people going on a date on a Monday or Tuesday, or even a Sunday.

    Neil - thanks! The weekend bit will be in part II, soon I guess! Maybe in a week or so?

  6. Okay, make sure it's on a Tuesday! *winks*


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