I leaned in the door of my colleague’s office this morning. “Hello! Happy Friday,” I said. He looked like he’d been battling the week. His long face said it all, “Will this week ever end?”

I could feel it, too. Not just his pain. I was relieved. Friday arrived. It finally came.


(Or the basic social equivalent of Monday through Friday imprisonment with weekend release privileges.)

I don’t always feel this way. When I say ‘happy friday’, I usually mean ‘happy day’ (sans the Fri).

But the truth is work is work, and most of us who work a standard workweek live for the weekend.

And we should because according to a Gallop Poll and the American Time Use Survey, emotional well-being rises by about 15 percent on the weekends.

Cristobal Young, assistant professor in sociology who co-authored Stanford study Time as a Network Good, says “the tempting reason is due to not having to go to work, or not having to deal with the boss. But simply having time off work is not the answer.”

His research shows that the unemployed get about 75 percent of the boost in well-being on weekends that workers get.

“Social contact is central to our sense of well-being,” Young says.

Maybe that’s why we celebrate Fridays and bemoan Mondays?

The amount of time that people spend with family and friends roughly doubles on the weekends. When you spend more time with the people you love, you’re happier.

So to that I ask, “What are you doing this weekend?!”

Say hello. Get connected. There’s people you love to see and a very happy (Satur) day to be had.