If you start to get the Sunday Scaries or Monday Morning Syndrome before your week even starts, we feel your pain. That dreaded feeling that creeps in as we face the week ahead is all too familiar for some of us, but it doesn’t have to be that way. According to new research, simply changing our perception about the weekend could make a big difference in our happiness.
A team of researchers from UCLA wanted to know if it was possible for workers to use weekends to get the same enjoyment they do from a vacation and boost their happiness levels, too. And after their experiments with 400 employees, they found that those who alter their perspective to treat the weekend like a vacay generally feel happier than those who approach Saturday and Sunday as they normally do.
The results of the give a good reminder that making the most of your weekend by treating it like a vacation will help you enjoy it more…and you don’t even have to pack a bag! Just feeling like you’re in vacation mode will help you have the most fun and may leave you better prepared to deal with the week ahead. And it’s a lot less expensive, too.