If you think I'm special, then you're mistaken...

 

 

I just want to be as happy as possible

 

 

And I would like you to join me!

I have been tracking my personal happiness for almost 5 years now. It is my mission to inspire others to start tracking their happiness as well.

When I go to bed at night, I dream of a world where everybody is fully aware of what makes him or her happy. If everybody is able to make informed decisions with the happiest outcome, the world would be a much better place. Because in the end, we all just want to be happy, no?

Am I happy? YES, and I plan to do everything in my power to keep it that way.

Who am I?

I am a 25-year old guy from the Netherlands.

I feel very lucky to have a great family, a small group of close friends and a lovely girlfriend. My parents gave me a great and stable childhood and I feel like I experienced all the typical challenges a "90's kid" had to face.

Yes, I loved to climb the biggest trees as a kid.

Yes, I was socially awkward for a LONG period of my youth.

Yes, I got addicted to silly internet games (think Runescape).

And most importantly: yes, I was a very happy kid when growing up.

Growing up?

When it was time to choose what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, I decided on engineering. Civil engineering, to be correct.

Why? I always liked math and physics and some online tests told me I would probably enjoy being an engineer. Also, my dad was - and still is - an engineer by heart, which had a pretty significant impact on my decision.

I eventually earned my Bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 2014 at the age of 21. It was suddenly time for me to find a job!

I found one relatively quickly, as it turned out that the world generally needs more engineers. As of September 2014, I am proud to be an engineer at a marine contractor!

That's great and all, but what about your true passions??

Even though I generally like my work, I don't consider it to be one of my passions. And by that I mean: it's not one of my main sources of happiness.

Then what are my passions?

Well, I have a couple of passions that provide a pretty clear image of who I am.

Spending time with my friends, family and girlfriend

Even though I consider myself to be an introvert, I really value spending time with the people I love. So when it comes to my girlfriend, family or close group of friends, I really like to spend my time with them!

That said, I am actually NOT very outgoing. I tend to do pretty well on my own. People who know me would describe me as quite a "loner". I actually need some alone time every now and then. And I'm more than okay with that!

Anyway, my friends, family, and girlfriend all have a very positive effect on my happiness. Therefore, I am very passionate about spending quality time with these people!

Running

I always played a bunch of soccer as a kid. I mostly liked it, I moved up the teams and practiced weekly, but it was never something that I was really passionate about. It never fully clicked.

At one point, I was even the slightly chubby goalkeeper. You know, the position where your true lack of soccer skills is the least obvious to anyone.

I decided that I would try a sport which can be practiced individually: Running.

Some people really have a love-hate relationship with running. I'm not one of those people.

Ever since I started running, I have found out that I freaking love it. I can get extremely happy with a nice long run after a busy day at the office. It is one of the biggest factors to my happiness.

When I started running marathons I quickly decided to stop playing soccer and focus on running altogether. Running was everything I wanted: I could challenge myself without being dependent on a team of players and it actually had a great therapeutic effect on me.

Long story short: I love it so much, that I have finished 4 marathons since I started running and I'm not planning to stop any time soon!

Music

Growing up with an older brother had a significant influence on me. Every night, when I was put to bed by my parents, I heard my brother listening to music in his room. I gladly copied his love for the typical nineties rock music. I remember when I first heard ´Creep´ by Radiohead, and thought "hey, that sounds different but cool".

When I got my hands on Radiohead's entire bibliography, my first real passion started to take shape: Music.

Not long thereafter, I was the kid in school that did not listen to the standard tunes they played on the radio.

Instead of fist bumping to some new EDM song, I got my goosebumps from music that my peers would think of as boring.

Being the introvert that I am, instead of trying to find people with similar taste in music, I withdrew to my bedroom and picked up the acoustic guitar my parents had laying around. With help from the internet, I slowly began my journey into learning to play the guitar.

That was 10 years ago.

I can now confidently say that I know a handful of songs. In the meantime, I started singing, picked up the electric guitar and have recently started learning the piano as well!

Music has become a great outlet for me, and it has a beautiful effect on my happiness.

Enough about me! I want to know more about you!

Now that you know who I am, I'd love to learn more about YOU!

What are your passions? What makes you happy? I'd love to hear from the tracking happiness community!

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6 thoughts on “Personal info

  1. 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! 🙂

  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!

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