Is it Friday Yet?

#TGIF It trends nearly every Friday. It’s also the name of a restaurant, and one of the most favored expressions at the end of a work week. Friday seems to be the most celebrated day, the coveted and sought after end to the work week. It’s a sabbath day for the secular world.

Traditionally, it’s pay day. But more recently, it’s the time of the week when everyone heads out to spend their paycheck. Parties, trips, shopping, you name it. People take the time Friday evening to “unwind” from the “stresses of the week”. Usually, people are happiest on Friday, primarily because they don’t have to get up and head to work tomorrow morning.

“‘I’m so bummed that it’s Friday.’ -said by nobody.”

-Jason Kennedy

Recently, I’ve developed a different take. To me, Friday isn’t exciting because it’s payday, or because I need to get away from work. As a matter of fact, I don’t dread work at all. I love what I do, which is why I founded a company doing it. I don’t get paid on Fridays, but instead when the job is complete, which can happen any day of the week I choose. No, now Fridays are only special to me because my friends are tied to the Monday thru Friday “9 to 5’s”. Friday means I can hang out with them now that they’re available. It means my son doesn’t have homework tonight, so we can stay up watching Transformers, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, or any of the number of other nerd flicks that we both love. It also means that the other people I’ll be dealing with for the next 48 hours will be happier than they are all week.

Yeah, Friday is still a great day. Just for different reasons.

I know, it sounds like I’m gloating, and I know what you’re thinking. Yeah, but I still have to deal with my job and unwind from it! I can only respond one way: change what you do. If your job is a week-long torture session for you, find a new one. Figure out how to make a career out of what you love doing. You don’t have to start your own business (though it couldn’t hurt), but find a field of employment that you love so much that your work week doesn’t suck.

In the meantime, since you’re probably headed out to “unwind” this weekend, here are a few tips from author Gretchen Rubin about the downsides of some common “happiness boosters”.

Whatever you do this weekend, don’t do anything that will make you feel worse. Happy Friday!

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