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I’m Hugo, The Author Of Tracking Happiness. Let’s Meet!

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I’ve been running Tracking Happiness for well over 2 years now, and it’s about time that I introduce myself properly.

This post will cover who I am, what I am passionate about, what I am proud of, and why I started this website about tracking happiness.

It’s also a way for me to get closer to you: the audience.

I’d love to hear more about you in the comments!

So who am I exactly?

I’d like to rephrase that question. Here’s another way of asking basically the same thing, but in a way that’s much easier and more interesting to answer:

What am I proud of?

So what am I proud of? What things in my life am I proud of?

Let me list a couple of things that come to mind:

  1. I once ran a marathon under 4 hours!
  2. I recorded an album of songs I wrote myself and published it on Spotify
  3. I visited some amazing countries in a spectacular fashion
  4. I get to write about happiness on this website, and I think I can grow it into something much – MUCH – bigger

Woah, hold on there, cowboy…

Let’s take this whole introduction of yours one question at a time.

I once ran a marathon under 4 hours!

I once finished a full marathon under 4 hours. Really!

Don’t believe me?

See for yourself!

My result on the Nottingham Marathon in 2016 My result on the Nottingham Marathon in 2016

That brings me to the first thing I am proud of. And that is my passion for running.

What once started as a nice little boredom-killer slowly transformed into something I actually enjoyed. Over time, this running hobby turned into one of my biggest passions. And when I finally signed up for and finished my first marathon, it was true love.

Mind you, I didn’t finish my first marathon in less than 4 hours.

Also not my second…

My third marathon was in Nottingham, and I finally finished this monstrous distance under 4 hours, with 2 seconds left on the clock.

The last 5 minutes of that race were quite blurry (which is a huge understatement…)

This is what I looked like 30 seconds before finishing. I was in full panic mode at the time, and could only think about that 4-hour mark.

Nottingham Marathon sub 4 finish

My legs are killing me here but I’m only focused on that finish line

So there you have it, the first thing that comes to mind that I’m really proud of.

I recorded an album of songs I wrote myself and published it on Spotify

When I was 18 years old, my biggest passion was music. I had learned to play the guitar and tried to sing as best as I could (even though I’m not the biggest fan of my voice…)

I invested quite a lot (at the time) and built a mini home studio.

Playing, writing and recording music dominated my mind for more than a year, and in that time, I managed to finish an album that I am extremely proud of.

You can listen to it right here on Spotify: the album is called Life’s Oddysey.

It’s a mix of very relaxing, laid-back rock and psychedelic riffs. I always envisioned it to be the perfect album to listen to during a long drive in the rain. Be careful though, as you might fall asleep!

I only later found out that I misspelled “Odyssey”.  LOL.

Ah well, it’s still one of my proudest achievements! πŸ™‚

I visited some amazing countries in a spectacular fashion

When I was 20 years old, I entered a period in my life I knew was going to be very interesting. It was my final year of my Bachelor’s degree, and I somehow managed to find a company to intern at in New Zealand.

It was a very exciting time: I was going to live on the other end of the world, all by myself. I was about to do a lot of growing up. I had to make new friends, finish my dissertation, and make my long-distance relationship work.

This was also the moment when I started to track my happiness.

I found out that traveling is something I really enjoy (like every goddamn millennial!)

I get to write about happiness on this website

This is arguably the thing I’m most proud of: this very website you’re on right now!

What once started as an idea has slowly transformed over the years into something that’s much more than that.

And I believe this concept – the idea of tracking happiness – can grow into something MUCH bigger.

Here are some fantastic milestones of Tracking Happiness.

  • Inspired over 500 people to also start tracking happiness
  • Happiness Essays read by over 100,000 of people
  • Readers from every part of the world, and over 80 countries!
  • Collaborated with, interviewed and brainstormed with countless happiness experts

And this list is growing rapidly!

I’m planning on growing this website – and the idea of Tracking Happiness – into something that’s much bigger.

When I think of the potential of Tracking Happiness, I think of organizations like MyFitnessPal, TinyBuddha, and Mr. Money Mustache!

I’m absolutely certain that Tracking Happiness can have a positive impact on this planet!

And that brings me to the last part of this article – this crazy introduction of who I am.

Now, I want to meet you!

You see, Tracking Happiness can only grow with the help of people like you!

I don’t want you to pay or donate! No!

All I want is that you consider your own happiness for a moment.

Are you happy? Are you unhappy? Do you think you could be happier?

No matter how you answer these questions, I guarantee you will benefit from Tracking Happiness. Why? Because I strongly believe in what gets measured gets managed.

The only thing I ask of you is to let me know in the comments who you are, and if you want to give this happiness tracking a shot.

I promise you won’t regret it.


Hugo Huijer

Founder of Tracking Happiness

Founder of Tracking Happiness and lives in the Netherlands. Ran 5 marathons, with one of them in under 4 hours (3:59:58 to be exact). Data junkie and happiness tracker for over 7 years.

10 thoughts on “I’m Hugo, The Author Of Tracking Happiness. Let’s Meet!”

  1. Hi Hugo. I found your website while doing some research on measuring and tracking all aspects of health for our own website. We deal with physical, financial and mental health, so there’s a lot to consider. It became clear that health, wellbeing, wellness, happiness etc were all interlinked. As part of that, coming at it from the mental health side led to measuring happiness. Hence to your site. Like you, we believe measuring is key. Downloaded the template and will make a start.

  2. It’s fun to know that fellow data nerds abound in the world! My name is Sara and I am also obsessed with data (you have to measure what you treasure) and tinkering toward contentment. Thanks for putting yourself out there, Hugo!

  3. Hi Hugo,
    I started this journey of being self-aware 4-5 years back. But only recently could I really grab hold of myself and make some good leaps forward. For the past couple of months, I have been actively looking to define my purpose, for example, one of my purposes was “I want to have more good days than bad days in the long run”. So, I would align all my actions around it. But I always felt that there was something missing. There was no juice in it as such.

    But then, I found your website. You are like 10 steps ahead of who I am right now and really want to be!! I am a Mathematics and computing graduate. I discovered running (minimum 10km per week) as a source of happiness as part of my journey, too. I am a great believer in metrics too, so I tried logging rating on how aware I was the whole day. But, I did not persevere. As a kid, I was always strongly aligned towards music (drummer) and wished to compose music at some point. Your journey has given me a reference point on how I can probably frame my life of happiness. I really enjoyed everything about this website :). Thanks a lot.

    • Hi Tim,

      It’s really amazing to read your comment! Thanks. I am really happy that you enjoy the content on this website. It started over 2 years ago as a personal blog, but slowly developed to what it is today, similarly to the way that I’ve developed personally. πŸ™‚ To think that I could inspire you is just an amazing thought. So thanks again for sharing. Also, what a coincidence that we share so much of our hobbies!

      If you’re ever interested in sharing your experiences here on this website via a guestpost, I’d be thrilled to have you.

      All the best,


  4. Love your profile and work and thanks for your review of mood tracking apps. Wish I had someone like you in my life right now with so much positivity and sensitivity!

    • Wow, thanks! I’m flattered that you enjoy the website so much. If you want to chat more about the website, happiness or anything else really, just send me an email at [email protected]! πŸ™‚

  5. Hi, Hugo

    Nice to meet you! Your work and passion about the happiness are worth of respect! Thanks for this! And for templates of measuring happiness also.

    I mailed you week or more ago through your website and link in one of introduction emails, but wouldn’t get response, please check.

    My simple answer was about grade (marks of happiness), I can’t distinguish in 10 points grade the level of happiness from 7 to 8, or 5 from 7. What is your system in practicing this?

    As for me. I’m a regular white-collar work for a medium advertising agency in IT department. But I’m a jedi of GTD-techniques and process/life optimization guy.

    • Hi Evgeniy! Thanks for replying and letting me know! I saw your comment on the about page and replied to it. Didn’t you get a notification for the reply? That would be a technical error on my end, sorry!

      My advice is to not worry too much about the happiness scale and ratings in the beginning! Just start rating your happiness daily, and you will soon figure out which scale works best for you! Using fractions in happiness ratings is always good to track subtle differences in happiness between days.

      It’s very nice to meet you! So you are a jedi at getting things done, eh? πŸ™‚ That sounds awesome. You previously said you wanted to start tracking your happiness. I was wondering if you had actually started and want to ask you about your experiences? If you’re still tracking, I’d love to hear about it! πŸ™‚


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