Angry Thursdays?

A new study that tracked key words in tweets indicates that people are angriest on Thursdays. Researchers from Northeastern and Harvard ran tweets from the last three years against a word list to plot the country’s happiness and angriest times throughout the week.

So why would people be angry on Thursdays?  Here are some of my guesses.  On Mondays people are still feeling okay because of just having the weekend off.  By Wednesday they realize the week is already half gone.  On Friday they know they are almost home free.  But on Thursday they are just ticked off to have to be at work.

Okay – the underlying premise is that people don’t like the idea of working at all.  Who are these people who are still trudging off to work each day that they hate?  Why haven’t they joined the ranks of those of us who have found – or created – work that is meaningful, fulfilling, purposeful and profitable?

Oh and apparently I should have called my last book No More Thursdays.

So what are you doing to make Thursdays a great day?

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6 Responses to “Angry Thursdays?”

  1. Josh Says:

    Just like every day I have something to look forward to in the evening. I have an amazing wife and I have a business that I am growing with the goal to move into doing that full time.

    Josh Bulloc
    Kansas City, MO

  2. Glenda Powers Says:

    That’s interesting. I’ve known for a while that Thursday is my highest energy day, and I try to keep evening groups and plans on those days, so that I can be engaged and not just show up.

    I also find that if I start a project on Thursday, I’m more likely to finish it up over the weekend than if I start Saturday when there is a conflict between household responsibilities.

    If other people share Thursday as a high-energy day, this could accentuate the fact or feeling that they are wasting their energy in an unwanted job.

  3. Mindy K Says:

    I quit my job almost 4 months ago due to ompany business downturn. Fortunately I have bought and read your book “No More Mondays!”, it gave me a lot of inspiration and I finally took up a consulting job on flexi day basis beginning this month!

    Guess what, I enjoy this job so much! The job satisfaction that I gained from it is so much more if compares to when I worked in a Company from 9 to 5!

    So, now I only work in the office 3 days a week! The rest of the day I can stay at home, do my work planning and meet the client if necessary. I feel incharged and happy.

    There is no Monday blues or angry Thursday !

    Cheers! 🙂

  4. Joel Goode Says:

    Dan- Statistics like this reinforce the unfortunate culture that has developed in the last century or so in the U.S. of trading time for money and the perception of work as a necessary evil to be able to someday do what one wants to do. You are a pied piper leading a work culture evolution one person at a time…thanks for what you do.

    For me, I look forward to Thursdays as that is the night I get to work with job seekers and people seeking to add purpose to their careers at a weekly workshop at my church. It is so energizing to see people gain clarity about their career direction and empower themselves to seek work they truly enjoy.


  5. Darren Says:

    The scary part is that those who really hate their work are producing products and offering services that the public may be consuming!

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