About Tracking Happiness

Happiness [hap-ee-nis] - Noun - The quality or state of being happy.

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The concept of Tracking Happiness is to believe that the absolute purpose in life is happiness.

No matter what different things we value in life, we all try to be as happy as we can for as long as possible.

The things we do to make us happy vary per person. Some may find that rich relationships lead to happiness. Others might argue that money provides happiness. Whatever you believe makes you happy, we all share the same goal.

And that is what Tracking Happiness is about.

The mission of Tracking Happiness is to help you find, measure and manage your happiness.

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!

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What Tracking Happiness is all about

A small glimpse of what this website - and the idea of Tracking Happiness  - is all about

Tracking Happiness has reached over 100,000 people with content about happiness, ranging from the most interesting Happiness Essays to Hugo's personal Happiness Journals. And let's not forget about the many contributions to the Happy Blog!

Even though Tracking Happiness is based in the Netherlands, the articles, essays, and interviews have reached over 150 countries. Tracking Happiness has readers coming from the US, China, Finland all the way to Iraq and Madagascar!

Over 500 people around the world have joined and started tracking their happiness themselves!

And this group of people is quickly growing!

Loving words from the Tracking Happiness community

Sanjay Tracking Happiness testimonial

Sanjay

I have to say, I wasn’t sure what to expect at first, but it was eye-opening after just a few days of consistent tracking.

Lily Tracking Happiness testimonial

Lily

The Happy Blog made me think about the negative aspects of my life that I can mitigate. Thinking about their direct effects on my life will hopefully make a positive impact.

Emily Tracking Happiness Testimonial

Emily

Tracking happiness every day has become a key habit in my life, something that really helps me grow as a person!

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David

You've inspired me to try journaling again, but most importantly to create my own happiness tracking spreadsheet!

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16 thoughts on “About Tracking Happiness

  1. Hi,

    I’m ready to start track my happiness, but a little bit frustrated about happiness ratings.
    Firsrt of all my scale from 1 to 5 (integral), 1 – very bad, 5 – excellent, 3 – ordinary day. And my question for you, as an expert, how are you feel that now your rating is fractional on a 1 to 10 scale?

    • Hi Evgeniy! That’s awesome. I’m having trouble understanding your question however.

      My advice is to not worry too much about the scale 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.

      If you have any questions, please let me know! 🙂

  2. Hey man,

    I was reading hckrnews posts and I approached to your website. it’s nice to see people like you.

    I just wanted to say as a middle eastern guy who is living at Iran I think I’m happy even though many things are banned such as Beers ( all alcoholics), dancing (it’s illegal), mandatory hijab and more…
    surprisingly people (including me) are still happy despite of crazy inflation rate that we are struggling with.

    reading your post is really heartwarming for me and I just wanted to say keep working man.

    • Hey Sajad. Thank you so much for this comment, it’s really inspiring. We are all beautifully unique, and everybody has different sources of happiness. For one that may be dancing, for others that may be something entirely different. I would love to visit your country some time, to experience our completely different cultures. And hey, if you want to start tracking happiness yourself, I would LOVE to have you post your experiences here on this website! 🙂

      All the best!

  3. Ey!, Im Alejandro, Im quite surprised about your project. You will not believe it, but I’ve been doing exactly the same for 13 years!. I would love to talk to you, we can learn so much together. Please write me 🙂

    • Hey Alejandro! Thanks for commenting!

      13 years! Holy shit, that’s a LOT of data. I’m emailing you right away, I’d love to discuss this topic more! 🙂

  4. THANKS! 🙂

    Sorry for the inconvenience. I used to have a very clear subscription form, but I deleted it last week after finding out it messed with the loading speed of my website. I have yet to find a good replacement. (edit: I’ve now added subscribe buttons again!:))

    Oh, and don’t hold your breath on that book release haha. I consider that to be a LONG term goal, possibly 5 years in the future. I first want to focus on growing this site via unique content!

  5. Not sure where else to ask this: where is the “subscribe” button? You’re producing fantastic content, I’d like to get notified by email when you post new articles. Is “Notify me of new posts by email.” checkbox when commenting for that, or is that for new comments to given article? Maybe worth making a dedicated page for email subscriptions.

    Good luck, can’t wait to read your book ;))

    • THANKS! 🙂

      Sorry for the inconvenience. I used to have a very clear subscription form, but I deleted it last week after finding out it messed with the loading speed of my website. I have yet to find a good replacement. (edit: I’ve now added subscribe features again! :))

      Oh, and don’t hold your breath on that book release haha. I want to focus on growing this website first via unique content!

  6. That’s awesome!

    I’d be very interested in hearing about your experiences.

    You need to keep track of your happiness and the factors that influence it. The journaling is not necessary, but it adds an infinite amount of personality to your data, and will be great if you ever want to look back at your past!

    • Yeah, that’s true!

      I think I’ll add journaling to it and see how it goes. You’re right about how easy it is to forget stuff and just gloss over things over time. It’ll be interesting to keep a record and see how things change.

  7. I’m finding this really interesting the more I read about your process. I’ve never thought of tracking my happiness before, but I’m interested to try doing this, at least for a couple of weeks to a month, and see how it goes.

    Would I need to keep a journal as well, or are the ratings enough?

    • That’s awesome!

      I’d be very interested in hearing about your experiences.

      You need to keep track of your happiness and the factors that influence it. The journaling is not necessary, but it adds an infinite amount of personality to your data, and will be great if you ever want to look back at your past!

      • Yeah, that’s true!

        I think I’ll add journaling to it and see how it goes. You’re right about how easy it is to forget stuff and just gloss over things over time. It’ll be interesting to keep a record and see how things change.

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