Mondays tend to be rough on most of us. There's just something about having a nice weekend off that makes going back to "real life" on Monday very unpleasant. It's hard to keep a positive outlook when you have the whole week ahead of you, especially if you're at a job that you don't really enjoy.
In my experience, the best way to combat the Monday blues (or any type of blues, for that matter) is to think positively. For example, at one point in my sophomore year of college, my friend Danielle and I were super stressed out with our schoolwork. We'd been working for hours and the end was no where in sight. In typical college fashion, I decided it was time for a break. I pulled out some paper and markers, and we each went to work on our own "Good Things" list. After 10 minutes or so, we'd both filled our pages with a multitude of "good things" in our lives. Every time after that day that I started to feel stressed, I would look at my list and feel a bit more optimistic.
Long story short, that stressful day in college and the resulting "Good Things" list is how I came up with this idea for Mondays. Since Mondays are inherently stressful for most of us, why not have a weekly "My Favorite Things" linky party? On each Monday, post one of your favorite things. It doesn't have to be anything major; feel free to write about an amazing pair of shoes, a delicious desert, or your loyal childhood pet. Come over here to graduate "extraordinaire" and share your link with us on my weekly "My Favorite Things" post. I'll try to have mine up early in the day, but there are no promises. :] And I'll have a button that you can put on your post to let people know about the Linky Party you're joining. I love getting to do some blog-hopping and read about what makes other people smile on those "manic Mondays." :]