The most important step to tracking happiness is determining the factors that significantly influence your happiness. I have covered all my positive happiness factors before in a seperate post. This post covers the other side of the coin: the negative happiness factors. These are the factors that keep you from being happy the most often. I hope this post can inspire you to think about yours. What is your biggest happiness nemesis?
The data that I present in this article is updated every day. Whenever I finish tracking my happiness for the day, this page automatically gets updated. There are a lot of visualizations on this page, and all of them are connected to my happiness tracking journal.
My biggest happiness nemesis
The treemap below shows you the biggest negative happiness factors ever since I started tracking my happiness. How does it work? The biggest square in this treemap has negatively influenced my life the most. It is currently my biggest happiness nemesis.
These are my biggest happiness nemeses. Each and every one of these blocks represent a negative happiness factor that has had a bad influence on my happiness at one time.
You might be wondering what this happiness data of mine looks like? The table below shows the last 30 days that I've tracked. This table is updated every time I track my happiness and shows my happiness ratings and the negative happiness factors that influenced it.
What happiness factors do you recognize?
As I'm writing this, my biggest happiness nemesis is currently being tired. Perhaps you can relate to this? Maybe a sickness is keeping you from being happier? Maybe it's your work?
These factors have all had a negative influence on my happiness at some point.
You can read more details about what exactly moved my happiness in my monthly happiness reports!
The biggest happiness nemesis in the last 90 days?
What positive happiness factors had the biggest influence on my life over the last 90 days? The treemap below answers that question!
And if you're not a big fan of these treemaps, then here is a bar chart, showing the same negative happiness factors.
My happiness nemesis of the past year?
I have been tracking my happiness for a long time now, so I want to show you just how much each negative happiness factor has influenced my happiness.
The treemap below shows you which negative happiness factors influenced my mood the most over the past 365 days.
And here is the bar chart again, showing the same negative happiness factors.
You can see how the list of unique happiness factors grows over time. During the past 365 days, my negative happiness factors have varied quite a lot!
My all-time biggest happiness nemesis?
I started tracking my happiness at the end of 2013. That means I have tracked A LOT of days already. As a result, I have also tracked A LOT of different negative happiness factors.
This treemap shows every unique happiness nemesis that I've tracked since I started.
You can see here how a relatively small amount of unique negative happiness factors has the biggest influence on my happiness.
This actually resembles a lot of the Pareto principle (20-80 rule), but I will cover that concept in a separate post at a later time!
Anyway, here is the same bar chart again, showing every single happiness nemesis that has influenced my happiness since I started tracking it.
There are some happiness nemeses that might need some extra context.
What about my relationship? Shouldn't that be a big source of happiness instead a negative factor? Well, I have experienced quite some ugly long-distance periods which did NOT have a positive effect on my happiness...
Work?? Yes, I might feel lucky with my job but that doesn't mean some days simply SUCK.
Traffic??? This one shouldn't really require an explanation, right? Who doesn't HATE being stuck in traffic?
I wonder what this complete list of negative happiness factors is going to look like in a couple of years! 🙂
How does it work?
I track my happiness every single day. This means that I determine my happiness rating and the factors that have significantly influenced this rating. I describe it in detail on my method page.
I use Google Sheets to track my happiness, which means that my data is safely stored in the cloud.
I have created a separate document in Google Sheets that queries data from my happiness tracking journal. I use this query to visualize all my happiness factors, and I have embedded these visualizations right here on this page!
Every single visualization gets updated as soon as I finish tracking my happiness for the day.
What is YOUR biggest happiness nemesis?
My question to you is: What is your biggest happiness nemesis?
Now that you know exactly what happiness factors make me feel miserable, I'd love to hear more about YOUR happiness factors! What do you think has the biggest negative influence on your happiness? Is it your work? An injury or sickness? Is it your daily commute?
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Who runs Tracking Happiness?
My name is Hugo, and I'm from the Netherlands. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, a passion for data and statistical analysis and am an expert in happiness.
I've tracked my happiness every day for 5 years in a row. And I'm now using my knowledge to inspire you to prioritize your happiness. You see, I'm a strong believer in what gets measured gets managed. I want to show you what I - and many others - have learned while tracking your happiness.
My Happiness Essays have reached thousands of people around the world and have been shared in many places.
With my data, I have inspired hundreds of others to also track their happiness. And I'm hoping this number will only grow more!