For many people Friday is the feel-good day of the week. It represents the end of another busy work week, and offers the promise of a few days spent with family, friends and loved ones. For others it’s a chance to relax and enjoy taking time out to indulge in hobbies and favourite past-times.
Psychologists have deduced that the Friday feeling is both a physical and mental response to what we perceive to be a time free from the constraints of daily life. They believe these feelings stem from our perception of what the weekend represents. Friday heralds the beginning of a time when we can do as much, or as little as we want, and this creates a positive sense of well-being, releasing feel-good endorphins. This explains why even if the weekend is a complete disaster, we will still look forward to the next one. The Urban Dictionary defines the expression ‘Friday-Feeling’ as the feeling that something is about to change.
Holidays and mini-breaks affect us in a similar way, they create a sense of excitement and adventure, triggering those all-important feel-good endorphins. Furthermore, short breaks taken in the middle of the week can amplify the Friday feeling, as depending on which day you travel, you will create a longer weekend or a shorter working week, and we’re loving the sound of that!
The Friday feeling can be summarised as a feeling of euphoria prior to the start of a period of rest, relaxation or free time.