About Tracking Happiness

Answering big and small questions about Tracking Happiness:

  • What is Tracking Happiness about?
  • Who's behind Tracking Happiness
  • How did Tracking Happiness start?
  • What can Tracking Happiness mean for you?

We care about everyone's happiness, and that includes yours. This page will explain why.

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What is Tracking Happiness about?

The goal of Tracking Happiness is to help you understand 100% of your happiness so that you can take action and actually become happier.

By understanding our own happiness, we are better able to steer our lives in a happier life.

How do we want to reach our goals?

  • By publishing articles on happiness topics with actionable tips that you can use right away.
  • By showing you how you can track your happiness.
  • By sharing tips and experiences from within our community of happiness trackers.

How did Tracking Happiness start?

Tracking Happiness started as a very simple blog. The first blog post was published in April 2017.

At the time, I had a simple goal:

I wanted to share with others how powerful tracking my happiness was, and how it has positively influenced my mental health, self-awareness, and my life in general.

Over time, this website slowly transformed into something bigger. I published a number of big data-driven posts, like the effect of sleep on my happiness, engineering a happiness prediction model and yearly happiness reviews.

This attracted people who were also passionate about tracking happiness, journaling and learning to understand what influences our mood.

Some of these people started sharing their thoughts and wrote articles that would be published on Tracking Happiness.

Over the years, Tracking Happiness has become more than a blog.

  • We now have thousands of subscribers.
  • We create tools for happiness trackers around the world.
  • Our studies have been featured in high-profile news-outlets, like Forbes.
  • Our articles are written by happiness trackers, who share evidence-based tips, personal stories and case studies.

Who runs Tracking Happiness?


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I’m Hugo Huijer, and I run Tracking Happiness.

Here are some things that you probably don’t need to know about me:

  • I like to try new things, like skateboarding, drawing & traveling.
  • As of 2021, I’ve tracked my happiness on 2,592 days, with an average happiness rating of 7.779.
  • My favorite snack is a cinnamon bun (with a fresh coffee!)
  • I quit my job as an engineer in 2020 to focus full-time on Tracking Happiness.
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Nice to meet you!

Hearing from our readers makes me extremely happy.

Want to reach out, say hi, or give me feedback on the way I dress?

Connect with me on LinkedIn or reach me at hugo (at) trackinghappiness (dot) com.


Our current team

Henry

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.

Maili

Maili Tirel

School psychologist

School psychologist, teacher and internet counselor from Estonia. Passionate about coffee, reading, dancing, and singing in the shower, much to the neighbors’ dismay. Counseling catchphrase: “It’s okay!“

Madel

Madel Asuncion

Writer

Writer and counseling psychology student. Firm believer of validating one’s feelings, prioritizing the inner-self, and finding happiness in a plate of chicken curry.

Henry

Henry Collard

Mental health writer

Mental health blogger with a passion for learning ways to improve wellbeing. I also love to write fantasy, learn about history and play video games. Which I suppose makes me an all-round nerd.


What can Tracking Happiness mean for you?

Here’s what some readers and members of our community have said:

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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 consistently tracking my happiness while reading the blog.

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Justin

I’ve had the pleasure of using Hugo’s happiness tracker for a couple of months now. Tracking your happiness will instantly show aspects in your life that you might want to improve. I can definitely say that it has changed my life.

Lily

Tracking happiness every day has become a key habit in my life, something that really helps me grow as a person! Being aware of what influences my happiness is a life-changer.

Emily

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


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23 thoughts on “About Tracking Happiness”

  1. Hey Hugo

    I’ve been surveying the web for happiness blogs/newsletters/twitter feeds and yours is the most interesting, the one that gives best hope of fresh insights. So every encouragement, I hope you keep going.

    I’ve done some happiness factor tracking like you (in the real world so many aspects of our lives are changing all the time! but over time we can still isolate and test and try new modals and configurations for getting to happy).

    For me the real value in your work is your insights and scenarios, e.g. how living when happy is; that the rest of our lives don’t stop, and that we have other drivers that will continue.

    All best wishes

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    • Hi John,

      Nice to meet you, and thanks for the nice words! 🙂 I’ll definitely keep going, as I’m noticing more and more that the idea of tracking happiness / journaling can help a lot of people!

      All the best,

      Hugo

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  2. Hi, Hugo! I found your project two days ago and liked it! I start tracking my happiness today. I diarize for many years, so your system will be a good supplement.

    I’m also from Russia as Eugeniy below and I also have a question… about… rating =))) (maybe it’s national pecularity). You sometimes rate your happiness as 8.1. Does this mean that your happiness may be 8.2, 8.3 or for example 7.6? You acrually use 100 degrees scale? Please never mind if my question is also awesome =)

    For me I will use scale with both positive and negative numbers. I mean that zero is “everything is ok”, just calm day, nothing worries me, nothing extraordinary, and nothing to change my mood neither to plus nor to minus. Such a kind of Buddist philosophy. Hope your formulas will cope with negative numbers, otherwise I will adjust them.

    Regards,
    Alexey

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    • Hi Alexey,

      It’s great to have you, looking forward to hearing more from you. 🙂

      You bloody Russians are really picking my brain here haha. I sometimes rate my happiness with small decimal differences, yes. I feel like it’s needed to differentiate between two days that were very similar, but I still felt slightly happier.

      So yes, you can say that I rate my happiness on a 100 degrees scale. Well, actually, a 90 degrees scale, since my minimum rating is 1.

      Truth is, it doesn’t matter! Use whatever scale feels best for you. If you think your scale is better than mine, then let me know, you might be able to convince me to use yours 😉

      All the best,

      Hugo

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      • Hi Hugo,

        There’s not reason to convince this is just suitable for me. I think that it is normal to be calm. It’s “mood by default”, some kind of healthy situation. If I’m calm, I can go down if smth bad happens or up if smth good. My goal is to be on zero or in small plus. Thus I have enough space to feel really happy if I get offer of job of my dream, invent something incrediable or have +500% visitors on my website unexpectedly.

        I think that both deep sadness and deep happyness are very “expencive” conditions, they cost us much of our internal resources. You can’t be too much happy for a long time because you will be exhausted so as being sad for too long. On the other hand life is so that our mood changes and it’s normal. You can’t be happier from year to year. Your scale is limited. If you were 7.5 on average during 2018, what’s the goal for 2019? 8.0? And when you will reach 10?

        I think you also have some level that you consider to be “good result”. It may be 7 or 8, I have no idea because it’s your system =) So I just decided to consider “good result” to be zero on scale.

        Will be +1 or +2 happy if I had explained the idea in my clumsy English =)))

        Regards,
        Alexey

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        • You touch some good points here. And no worries, your English is totally fine.

          Eternal happiness doesn’t exist. But that doesn’t mean that it’s pointless to strive towards that. Consider this: I’ve been very happy in 2019. My average happiness rating was a 7.83, which is quite high in my opinion. It still could have been better though. There were a couple of things I think I could have done better. I’m talking about the things I can influence. There will probably be different factors in 2019 that will result in lower happiness, but if I do my best to positively influence the things I can control, then I can steer my life in the best direction.

          That said, I’d be more than happy if my average happiness rating would be a 7.83 again in 2019!

          I’m really interested in your experiences with your tracking happiness journey! If you’re ever interested in sharing your experiences on the Happy Blog, you know where to find me! 😉

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          • Hi, Hugo!

            This is not for publishing, just want to say that there are really no e-mails from your site about replies to comments. I mean I received no e-mails that you answered my comments. I just checked this page every day.

            Regards,
            Alexey.

          • P.S. And when I press “Post Comment” there is no info that it is accepted and on moderation. The page just scrolls to the top and I can’t understand was my commenting successful.

  3. 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?

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    • 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! ?

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  4. 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.

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    • 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!

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  5. 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 ?

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    • 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! ?

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  6. 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 ;))

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    • 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!

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  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?

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    • 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!

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      • 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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