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The Best Days and the Worst Days of the Year

Updated on November 6, 2017
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What Are the Best and Worst Days of the Year?

Since time began, people have tried to look into the future to determine their luck and choose the most opportune times for important moments of their lives. What are the best and worst days of the year?

As you look at the pristine calendar of the coming year, you may wonder what the new year has in store for you. Based on scientific research, old wives tales, phases of the moon and old English nursery rhymes, I’ve gathered the following information for you —the best and worst days of the year.

A Sample of Best Days

One of the most widely read sources of best days to do things, from digging post holes to cutting your hair, is the Farmer’s Almanac. According to the old farmer, who seems to swear by the phases of the moon, here are some days in January and February to mark on your calendar:

January's Best Days

  • January 3rd - Best day to cut your hair to increase growth.
  • January 8th - Best day in January to get married.
  • January 8th - Also the best day to start a weight gaining diet - hmmm...marriage must do that for you!
  • January 12th or 13th - Best day to start a diet to lose weight.
  • January 15th - Best day to quit smoking - toss those cigarettes!

Get your copy of the Farmer's Almanac for more information

February's Best Days

  • February 9th and 10th - Best days to visit the dentist.
  • February 15,16 - Best days to go camping
  • February 22nd - Best day to start a project.

If you're looking to dig post holes or plant peas, be sure to check out the Farmer's Almanac for the best days to do it. They have a year's worth of recommendations in their annual booklet.

The Best Days of the Week

If you prefer not to rely on phases of the moon, here are some Best and Worst days of the week garnered from other sources.

Best Time to Book Air Travel? Wednesday morning!


Monday—Best day to call in Sick.

Ok, this one is only from my own experience, but you all know that the Monday after a big weekend is definitely the best day to call in sick. In fact, the British Medical Journal says that, because of heightened stress levels of the weekend, you are 20 percent more likely to die from a heart attack on Monday than any other day of the week. It's a good day to stay home and de-stress, I believe!

Monday—Best Day to Buy Things Online.

According to Time Magazine's MoneyLand, the very best time to buy things online is Monday. In particular, Monday is the best time to buy electronics, video games, computers and TV's on line. Prices will go up throughout the week on these items.

Tuesday—Get a Good Night's Sleep.

According to a health study by a major research company, we have the least amount of sex on Tuesdays. Might as well get some extra shut-eye!

Tuesday and Wednesday—Best Days of the Week to Book Air Travel.

Airline sales are released over the weekend, but then other airlines lower fares in retaliation. Take advantage of extra discounts by booking flights late Tuesday or early on Wednesday. You'll also get better deals if you fly on those days.

Wednesday—Best Day to Shop for Groceries, Gas and Other Items.

Wednesday can be your lucky day! According to some experts, Wednesday is the best day of the week to shop if you want to save on groceries, gas and other items.

When to Get Married

This old English nursery rhyme says,

Marry on:

"Monday for wealth,
Tuesday for health
Wednesday best day of all
Thursday for curses
Friday for crosses/losses
Saturday no luck at all."

Wednesday—Best Day of the Week to Get Married.

See the sidebar for the Old English nursery rhyme that says it all!

Thursday—Best Day to Get Gas.

Fill up your gas tank on Thursday before 10 a.m. for the best prices before the weekend price changes. Shopping for clothes on Thursday evening will net you the weekend sales with an early bird selection!

Thursday - Best Day for Sex.

Forget the shopping, and get some loving! According to an article in Psychology Today, Thursday mornings are when estrogen and testosterone levels are about five times the higher than they are at other times. Set that alarm early, guys and gals!

Friday—Best Day to Sell a House.

This is the best day of the week to list your house for sale on Multiple Listing. Redfin, a real estate brokerage firm has researched the best days to sell property and found that Friday listings are 19% more likely to be viewed by buyers and 12% more likely to sell quickly for close to their list price. However, don't shop for electronics on line on a Friday as the prices will be the highest of the week!

Saturday—Worst Day of the Week to Get Married, Best Day for Babies to be Born.

According to the rhyme in the sidebar, couples who get married on Saturday as destined to have “no luck at all.” But in the U.S. where the majority of weddings take place on Saturday, few believe in this old wives tale.

Have Your Baby on Saturday

Saturday babies are the most successful!

Old Nursery Rhyme About Birth Days - How True Is It?

Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go.
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for a living,
But the child born on the Sabbath Day,
Is fair and wise and good in every way.

Saturday—Best Day To Have a Baby

While Tuesdays are the most popular day to have a baby, it seems that babies born on Saturday have a higher success rate. The British Office of National Statistics shows that 28% of British Prime Ministers since 1900 have been born on a Saturday.

View the old nursery rhyme at right. How true is it?

If you'd like to know the day of the week you were born, check out this website: Day of the Week Birthday.

What Day of the Week Were You Born?

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The Most Depressing Day of the Year— The Happiest Day of the Year

Believe it or not, there is even someone who has come up with an equation to calculate the most depressing day of the year. Luckily, he's also announced the happiest day of the year, too! What do you think?

January 24th —The Most Depressing Day of the Year

According to Welsh psychologist, Cliff Arnal, formerly of Cardiff University, Jan. 24th (or a date close to it) is the most depressing day of the year. Mr. Arnal got lots of press on this date which he claims is calculated from a formula he developed based on number of days from Christmas, amount of debt, weather conditions and a few other factors. Basically, the formula makes no sense to anyone else, but January 24th seems a likely a day as any for all of our Christmas follies and the dreary winter weather to catch up with us. If it weren’t my brother’s birthday, I’d say, let’s take it off the calendar, too!

June 23rd —The Happiest Day of the Year

Mr. Arnal has also determined the happiest day of the year to be June 23rd, or the Friday closest to it. The Happiest Day always falls on a Friday —obviously. It is based on a formula of outdoor activities, time until vacation, weather, nature, positive childhood memories and social interaction. It's also a great time to get an ice cream cone and go on a picnic. (I just made that up, but it's true,isn't it?)

Worst Time to Travel

Worst Days—Thanksgiving—Really?

Thanksgiving Weekend is billed as the worst time of the year to travel. But who doesn't want to go over the river and through the woods to get some of Grandmother's turkey? Over 38 million Americans travel over 50 miles away from home on Thanksgiving weekend. Statistics don’t verify it, but I believe 37 million of those travelers will be on their way to Black Friday sales!

Thanksgiving Day also seems to be an unlucky day for those who decide to deep fry their turkeys. Statistics predict that one in four people who deep fry their turkey will sustain third degree burns! Statistics on people burning down their houses while using turkey fryers were not available, but believe it—this happens!

Looking for a Good Deal on a Car?

Go Car Shopping on the Next to the Last Day of the Month!

According to consumer advocate and consultant Peter Humleker, the best time of year to buy a car is at the end of the year when dealers are trying to make room for next year’s models. That would be September, October or November. But wait until the second to the last day of the month before closing the deal as that is the date when desperation to meet quotas sets in and you can take advantage of it by negotiating the best price. For an even better chance of getting a good deal, go in on a Monday at the end of the month!

Buy a House on Christmas Day for the Best Deal

Believe it or not, the best day of the year to buy a house is on Christmas Day. A low offer made on Christmas Day is more likely to accepted for several reasons: Housing prices are the lowest of the year in December and purchase offers are almost nil on Christmas Day, competition is low and sellers who have their homes on the market over Christmas are serious about selling. Besides that, the seller may just be overwhelmed with Christmas spirit and in the mood to be generous.

Best Month to Get Married—June!

June is the best month to get married according to an old verse published in the Farmer’s Almanac. As the verse proclaims, get married in June and your life will be like a honeymoon.

What's Your Best Day of the Week?

Is there one overall BEST day of the Week? What is yours?

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Best Days, Worst Days...What do you think?

These Best and Worst Days of the Year are drawn from many places, from scientific studies to opinion polls, from old wives tales to phases of the moon. It would be interesting to note what you think of these Best and Worst Days. Do you have the best luck shopping on line on Monday? Is your Saturday's child on the road to greatness? You don't have to mention your Thursday activities at all, thanks anyway...TMI.

I'd love to hear what you think!

* Note: I'm a Saturday child, but I think my window of opportunity for becoming Prime Minister has been closed.

© 2012 Stephanie Henkel


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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

      Susan Hazelton 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Very interesting. I had fun reading this hub. My favorite day of the week is a Wednesday and I was married on a Thursday and in the month of June.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      7 years ago from USA

      Tashaonthetown - Thank you for your comments!

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      Natasha Pelati 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Great and interesting hubs!

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      Sunshine625 - Of course you would be born at the happiest time of the year! :) It makes sense that Wednesday is a good day for car repairs, or any kind of repairs as people tend to do things either right after or right before the weekend. Thanks for the input! Maybe next year the happiest day will fall on the 23rd! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      Alecia Murphy - I do think that cyber Monday started a trend in on-line shopping. Monday seems like a good day to catch up on any shopping that you missed over the weekend. Thanks for stopping in to read!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      The happiest day of the year was so close to my birthday. The 23rd vs the 25th. That's close enough for me! Yay! My favorite day of the week is Wednesday. It's something about that hump day.

      Also Wednesday is the best day of the week for car repairs. Thurs.-Fri. are busy mechanic days due to people getting cars ready for the weekend and Mon.-Tues. are busy for the cars that broke down on the weekend because they weren't brought into the shop on Thurs. or Fri. :)

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      Alecia Murphy 

      8 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Interesting hub. I didn't know that Wednesday is the best day of the week to get married. I'd heard that shopping on Wednesday was a good idea.

      Monday makes since for online stuff now especially since there's cyber Monday.

      Definitely going to keep these days in mind for future reference.

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      Justin W Price 

      9 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      stephanie, I think it's implied that Fridays are awesome

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      9 years ago from USA

      nityanandagaurang - We do all have our joyful days and days we'd like to forget, don't we? Hopefully, we have more of the former and fewer of the latter. Thanks for your comments and the share.

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      9 years ago

      Good days always fills you with joy and bad days are like you want to forget it.Very beautiful hub Stephanie Henkel.Voted up ,sharing it.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      9 years ago from USA

      PDXKaraokeGuy - That's true. Friday's don't show up on the list as best/worst days very much, but they are usually much anticipated!

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      Justin W Price 

      9 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      well, stephanie, maybe it's because you have fridays to look forward too.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      9 years ago from USA

      VeronicaFarkas - Sounds like a perfect plan ... now when would that be? Glad to see that you're not having any residual effects from January 24th! :)

      Thanks for the votes and comments!

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      Veronica Roberts 

      9 years ago from Ohio, USA

      This was a fun hub to read! Eye-opening, too! lol I guess I may just plan to get married on the next June 23rd that is a Wednesday as well! =]

      Voted up, useful, and awesome!

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      9 years ago from USA

      Om Paramapoonya - Baking cookies - Good idea! We must do what we can to improve our moods - cookies, chocolates always make me feel better! Thanks for your comments, and stay cheerful!

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      Om Paramapoonya 

      9 years ago

      How interesting! So tomorrow will be the most depressing day of the year? I'd better bake lots of cookies today so I can use them to cheer myself up tomorrow!

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      9 years ago from USA

      PDXKaraokeGuy - Who would have guessed that Thursdays would be so popular! Thanks for stopping in to comment! :)

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      Justin W Price 

      9 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      interesting hub, stephanie. i agree with you about thursdays for sex. seems to be an amorous day :-)

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      9 years ago from USA

      Denise - It makes me wonder why you love Tuesday...enjoying the extra sleep or resting up for activities on another day? Glad this made you smile, as your visits to my hubs always give me a lift!

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      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Hahahahaha I love Tuesday and your comment about that day of the week. That's funny!

      This was an interesting and funny hub...good old facts of life from the old ones who thought they had it all figured out! LOL Thanks for sharing. Voted up and across-including funny this time!

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      9 years ago from USA

      Hi Debra Neyens,

      Getting caught up on your sleep on the most depressing day of the year sounds like a great plan! And by Wednesday, you can be off on your shopping spree and getting ready for some great Thursday activities! :) Thanks for stopping by to comment!

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      Deborah Neyens 

      9 years ago from Iowa

      What a fun hub! Since January 24 happens to be a Tuesday this year, I will plan to spend the day in bed getting caught up on my sleep to avoid the onset of depression!

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      9 years ago from USA

      Prasetio - I'm so glad you found something new and interesting in my listings of Best days and worst days of the year! It's always a pleasure to hear from you! Thanks for visiting!

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      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Stephanie. I had never know about this before. I found something new before and I totally learn new things from you. Rated up and have a good day!


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      Movie Master 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a fun, lighthearted look at the best and worse days, Thursdays sound interesting....

      A great hub, thank you for sharing and voted up.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      9 years ago from USA

      Hi Peggy,

      Thursdays do seem to be garnering an unusual amount of attention here... and not just for the cheap gas! :) Thanks for stopping in to visit!

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What an interesting compilation of facts / ideas / old wives tales, etc. Voting this interesting and also funny for obvious reasons. Now about Thursdays... :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      9 years ago from USA

      GoGreenTips - Where we live, Wednesday or early Thursday morning really is the best time to get the lowest gas prices! Glad you enjoyed reading this! Thanks for visiting and for your comments.

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      Greg Johnson 

      9 years ago from Indianapolis

      Really interesting hub! Had lots of fun reading it and next time I fill my gas tank up I'll have to try it on a Thursday...

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      9 years ago from USA

      Diogenes - Hmm... sometimes I'm not sure how to read your comments...are you suggesting that I'm a little nuts? Nevertheless, glad to see you here!

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      9 years ago from USA

      Carmen H - Now that's a tantalizing statement! I'm sure that several Best Days and Worst Days of the year can be verified by readers. Thanks for stopping in to comment!

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      9 years ago from USA

      Dale Hyde - Yes, just for fun, I've mixed fact with fiction, but the sources I've mentioned are real. Best days and worst days of the year based on phases of the moon, real estate statistics, science or nursery rhymes - there's something for everyone! :) Glad you stopped by!

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      9 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Fun hub...ifyou follow its guidelines, you should be sectioned...but really fun Bob

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      Carmen Beth 

      9 years ago

      Interesting statistics! Seems like certain coincidences weren't really coincidences after all.

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      Dale Hyde 

      9 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      Interesting read... Not sure of the facts presented, but like the hub. :) Thanks.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      9 years ago from USA

      Arusho - Thursday is the best day of the week for certain activities. :) It would be hard to pick out one best day, but I sort of like Thursday, too. Glad this made you smile!

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      9 years ago from USA

      Millionaire Tips - I think you're right, the credit card bills from the holidays do catch up with us around the end of January - depressing! Now, I never heard the theory about Thursday being a good day to get your car fixed, but it makes sense! Thanks for the Tip! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      9 years ago from USA

      HappyboomerNurse - Of course you were born near the happiest day of the year! :) I admit that all of these Best days and worst days were not based on pure fact, but who's to say if the phases of the moon don't influence our days? Thanks for stopping in and Happy New Year!

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      9 years ago from University Place, Wa.

      Great hub. I have my favorite days, but I don't really know what my best day is. Is it the day that the most best stuff has happened to me? I can't even remember. So I just picked what I think is my best day, Thursday. This was funny too!

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      Shasta Matova 

      9 years ago from USA

      Jan 24 is probably when we get our credit card bills! I have heard it is better to get your car repaired on Tuesday- Thursday, because that is when the mechanics aren't recovering from or preparing for the weekend, and are more likely to do a good job. I think getting married on Saturday, you have more luck in getting guests come to witness your nuptials!

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      This was a fun hub regardless of whether the "facts" are true.

      I like the happiest day of the year which is near my birthday (6/25). It's a wonderful time of year for all the reasons you noted.

      Voted up and interesting.


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