Everyone knows that Friday feeling, whether you’re employed, a student, or even unemployed. Friday is the end of a stressful week and the beginning of “you” time. But why can’t you duplicate those feelings everyday of the week? As it turns out, you can.
First, what are “Friday feelings“? Urban Dictionary offers the unique explanation as “the feeling that something is about to change. Like a weekend approaching.” If you work a traditional job or are a student, the weekends are generally what you live for, right?
There’s almost a sense of euphoria about the idea of Friday. Especially in the United States, social culture agrees on this day’s positive energy. If you’re a part of Twitter, you’ll notice that — on Fridays — it’s one of the most talked about subjects and trends, not as a hashtag, but as a concept. However, currently, #FridayFeeling is trending via the social platform.
Yet, while everyone looks forward to the weekend, wouldn’t it be ideal to feel similarly Sunday through Thursday as well? According to medical research, your Friday preference is all in your head.
University of Rochester psychology professor Richard Ryan calls it the “weekend effect.” As it pertains to that Friday feeling, Professor Ryan notes as follows.
“Workers, even those with interesting, high status jobs, really are happier on the weekend. Our findings highlight just how important free time is to an individual’s well-being. Far from frivolous, the relatively unfettered time on weekends provides critical opportunities for bonding with others, exploring interests and relaxing — basic psychological needs that people should be careful not to crowd out with overwork.”
Mind you, some people spend their Friday nights differently than others. There are party-goers, diners, movie-goers, as well as stay-at-homers.
— BedroomBar (@Bedroom_Bar) December 4, 2015
— Moe (@moethemyth) December 4, 2015
Everything isn’t for everybody. However, if you can place such euphoria on Friday, according to the concept of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), it’s possible to do it for the rest of your days.
A report from the Journal of Conflictology explained how this process of reprogramming works. One of the important factors of NLP is a parameter called “chunking.” Essentially, this is how you could take certain groups of “Friday feelings” and redistribute them to other days. Certain characteristics enable your euphoric triggers. NLP would help you to access those triggers at any given moment, even on dreaded Mondays.
Public Speaker Anthony Robbins has been teaching people about this concept for years. He’s even made a sizable career out of it, also publishing a book based on the concept called Unlimited Power.
— Haichen (@BabyKing4) December 4, 2015
Another factor of NLP that Anthony Robbins mentions is “anchoring.” This is the technique you’d use to bring the physical feeling of “Friday” to your body by a recollection stimulus. Robbins mentions that it’s critically important to anchor those feelings at their peaks. There are positive and negative anchors, and he says that people use the technique often without knowledge. The previous tweet is an example of an unintentional combination anchor.
Likewise, for instance, several people have negative anchors tied to “Monday.” The sound of the alarm, the sight of your work uniform, the preparation of your school backpack, etc. The whole week seems to drag by, dreadfully, because each of those things remind people of Monday, whether it’s Tuesday or Thursday.
These two factors are only a few of many contained in the concept of neuro-linguistic programming. You want to make every day “Friday,” this is one way to make it happen.
What are your thoughts? Feel free to share in the comments.