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Weekend Hyped Happiness

It has occurred to me that there’s a lot of hype about how happy weekends are because, generally-speaking, there’s no work. That’s true. But I think because we tend to think that weekends are that great, that makes the other five days of the week “lousy” (unless there’s a holiday). The eventual end of the weekend signals the end of happiness, and this thought can be quite depressing. Speaking for myself, it’s no wonder I get psyched the wrong way. In other words, weekend fun ironically leads to stress.

I think rather than hype weekends for how great they are, even if they are such, a possibly helpful mind-hack would be to think that weekends are just like the other days of the week. Strictly speaking, weekends are just like weekdays anyway. But you can think of weekends as also “work days,” except that there are no meetings scheduled, and the time you have is whatever “work” you want to do instead of what the company wants you to do.

The key idea here is that every single day of the week, whether it’s a weekday or a weekend, is a day that can and should be fulfilling. It’s fulfilling if you have a sense of purpose for what you want to do that day. And because you have a sense of purpose, this is the reason to be happy on that day.

You can and should have a reason to be happy every day of the week and not just on weekends. It can be challenging at times, but it’s not impossible.

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