Monday is quite probably the least looked forward to day because it’s traditionally the first day of a work week. Of course, there are no ‘Mondays’ in some fields, such as health care, restaurants and nuclear energy plants. But for most of us, Monday is the quintessential ‘start of the week’.
The definition of Monday is derived from Old English, meaning, ‘day of the moon’. The word is Monandaeg, which going back even further, can be traced to roots in the Latin word for the day, ‘Lunae Dies’. Like so many words we know now, the source can ultimately be tied into nature; in this case, the lunar cycles.
But recently I found a variation on a definition of Monday that while accurate from an literal translation standpoint, is more than anything else simply a positive variation of a definition for the day we are looking at here.
‘Mon’ is the French word for ‘My’. Put together, Monday thus becomes ‘My Day’. Using this definition places a positive emphasis on the day. When we regard something as ours, we tend to hold it to be of greater value than otherwise.
Are we fooling our brain? Maybe, but only a little bit, and with good reason. A fascinating sidebar is that our brains are so complex, that one part of our brain is aware another part is trying to fool it, but ‘signs off’ on the snow job, so to speak, because it’s aware that the innocent deception is for the betterment of the body as a whole.
When we embrace positive thoughts, our brain emits neurotransmitters. The rock star of these neurotransmitters is dopamine. There are also neurochemical releases taking place in conjunction with the transmitter release. The most well known of these is norepinephrine. When a person experiences these together, an overall increase in alertness and brightening of the mind occurs.
If neurotransmitters and neurochemicals are the divers, then Attitude is the diving board. Attitude is everything, because without a positive one, all those chemicals and transmitters remain in stasis, or inactive. There are, however, other neurochemicals that activate, but these are not positive and they do our body no good at all.
What is essential to understand is that our brains are unique within the human body. A liver has a designated list of functions, and that mandate doesn’t change at all from birth to death. The same is true for the heart, kidneys, lungs, etc.
The brain, however, is always changing, and the changes are on a physical level. An example of this is found in the brains of career taxi-drivers. The hippocampus is a part of the brain involved in visual-spatial memory. Studies have discovered that portion of a cab driver’s brain grew in physical size to accommodate the demands of their work, which requires extra focus on recalling visual ‘snapshots’ and names of streets and places.  
A positive attitude means far more than having a productive Monday. There seems to be two, or even three, distinct forms of awareness in our minds.  While it may seem I refer to schizophrenia, I do so inaccurately, and only to paint the point there is a dual nature, distinct areas of self-interest, within our minds.
One portion of our mind regulates our autonomic functions such as breathing, heartbeat, visual interpretation and the like. This takes place deep within the gray matter. (A scary side-bar here; when a drunk ‘blacks out’, what is actually happening is the alcohol, acting as an agent of destruction, has permeated the level of the brain that controls these functions, so to lose them is to be close to death. Take away- the next step beyond a black out is a coma. Beyond a come? Death).
The brain has a vast storehouse of chemicals, enzymes and proteins that are constantly being produced. What those are depends on our attitude. The more positive thoughts we generate, the greater the number of healthy neurotransmitters are sent throughout the body. Enzymes and proteins designed to protect and grow our body are produced as a result. These in turn have a direct impact on how long we get to walk the earth.
A positive attitude affects everyone around us at a cranial level. Studies have found there is a certain symbioses that takes place when happiness (or misery) are projected from one person into the sphere of others. We identify this verbally, in way of example, as “….their smiles were infectious. I couldn’t help smiling too!’. Or, conversely, “Man, that person really brought me down”.  
So think of Monday as ‘My Day’. Own it, and smile. You will help your mind, your body, and everyone you come into contact with! That is a gift that spreads exponentially.
Now Tuesday….I think that means, “Things I didn’t get done Monday”.