Wow. May was such an amazing month, I can't wait to show you what happened and how that influenced my happiness. In fact, May was one of the best months of my life. A lot of amazing things happened that positively influenced my happiness, and I've written down everything in my happiness journal.
That's what this post is about: showing you the things that made me happy. The gist of it?
- My girlfriend surprised me with a birthday trip to EDINBURGH
- The weather was amazing
- I spent a lot of time with friends
- My website has grown nicely
- I was SUPER productive
That's why I have called this monthly update: "Amazing May". It was truly a fantastic month. My average happiness rating was 8.15, which is the second highest average after my happiest month ever!
I rate my happiness on a scale from 1 to 10 every single day. As you can see from the average, I was very happy in May! 🙂
This average happiness rating alone doesn't really mean that much, though. Let's have a look at the daily happiness ratings!
The chart below visualizes exactly what my happiness ratings looked like throughout the month. As usual, I have added some comments to this chart to add context.
As you can see, my happiness was extremely consistent and high this month. The month contained many highlights, but the biggest of them all was easily my birthday weekend. My girlfriend had planned a surprise weekend for us, and I had no idea where we were heading.
I had some guesses, but she kept insisting to me that we were not going to fly. So my guesses were limited to places that were within driving distance. When I eventually found out where she was taking us, I was SURPRISED (even in full caps, that's an understatement!)
The surprise weekend started on the 9th of May, which I rated with an 8.75 on my happiness scale! Here's what I wrote about that day in my happiness journal:
What a day.
It was a nice and quiet morning, packed my clothes and hopped into the car while blindfolded: the surprise weekend. Where were we going?! My guesses were:
- The same wooden cabin that we visited earlier this year
- The Veluwe National Park
I am now in Edinburgh, Scotland...
To say that my girlfriend surprised me is a huge understatement. I had no idea, so she did a great job at hiding this trip. Her dad even made the joke to "drive safely since the people there drive like idiots" (refering to the autobahn in Germany lol). I find that really funny now. My girlfriend also "messed" up the navigation, which was all fake so that I just couldn't figure out the route from the turns and stops while blindfolded. Clever!
When she finally stopped the car, I heard the airplane jets and that's when it hit me. Genius.
So now we're in Edinburgh. We just explored the old town and had a lovely dinner with a bottle of red wine. This is a fantastic start to what's surely going to be a great weekend!
Case closed: my girlfriend is awesome.
And I'm definitely not saying that because she might be reading this!
This weekend was simply amazing. We stayed in Edinburgh for 3 nights and rented a car in order to drive to the Scottish Highlands. My girlfriend told me the weather forecasts were shit, but I couldn't believe that since the weather was actually extremely nice!
Since we both love traveling, we really tried to make the most of our car rental of 2 days. We drove all the way up to Inverness, where we stayed for 1 night before driving back. On the way back, we passed the Loch Ness, Glen Coe, the famous Harry Potter train bridge and Ben Nevis. It was absolutely amazing, and it made me feel really happy and lucky.
Before continuing, let's have a look at what factors influenced my happiness in May.
The table below shows all the happiness factors that influenced my happiness during this month.
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Let's talk about the rest of my life this month. Sure, this birthday weekend was fantastic, but there were 27 other days that were still great.
Let's talk about those days for a while.
My quiet, dull and boring (BUT HAPPY) life
Am I weird for saying that I love my boring life?
Some of you might think I am. But the truth is, I don't care, because in the end my happiness is all that's important to me.
What made me happy this month, besides the awesome birthday weekend trip?
- Going on long walks with my girlfriend
- A lot of nights with friends
- Going on my after-work runs
- Working on this website (yes, the website you're currently on) and seeing it grow!
- Just relaxing, playing guitar or playing Battlefield Firestorm (even though I am extremely bad at it...)
- Going to a Sticky Fingers concert
Hell, even my work was quite enjoyable this month!
Let me show you 2 entries in my happiness journal that do quite a good job at portraying this dull, boring and happy life that I life.
This first entry was written on the 22th of May, on which I rated my happiness with an 8.25 on my scale.
Wat a fantastic day. AGAIN. Wow, I'm amazed at how long this streak is lasting now.
Work was fine today. It's been busy, but manageable. What's funny is that my manager will be gone next week, and he appointed me to "being in charge". I'm sure it will be uneventful in the end, but it's still funny, since I'm still one of the youngest of the department.
Anyway, my girlfriend and I went for a walk after work and ended up in a nice restaurant in the city center. We planned to just have a drink, but decided to stay for dinner haha. Oops.
At home, I wrote another article for my website (#7 already this month). Not only am I feeling really happy this month, I'm also extremely productive. To be honest, I'm pretty amazed at myself, even though that might sound a little psycho. I'm sure that I'm building a solid foundation here, especially with Tracking Happiness. It's growing nicely, and that should only continue if I keep up this pace.
That's it for today. It was another great day. I hope this happiness will last!
This is just one example of my dull, uneventful but happy life. Here's another one! I wrote this on the 26th, which I rated with an 8.5!
Another fantastic day. I'd call this textbook perfomance.
Woke up at 10AM, and finally felt well-rested again. GREAT. Spent the rest of the morning just enjoying the quietness, having breakfast and sipping on my coffee.
We had ZERO plans for today, so from 12:00 until 14:00, my girlfriend and I went for a long walk through the woods. We ended up walking 10K. We stopped at one of our favorite restaurants on the way for a refreshing drink. I ordered half a liter of cold beer, which was especially good. The walk back was extra pleasant because as a result lol.
Once we got back, we were starving so we looted the supermarket and spent the remainder of the day relaxing. Watched some Netflix and I tried to win my first Battlefield Firestorm game. No luck there... In the evening, we header outside once more to walk another 5K. This walking is really turning into more than just a hobby. I'm starting to really love it, as does my girlfriend.
And that's another day done. Beautiful, right? I think so!
This month was full of days like these, and it's the biggest reason why I was so happy in May. I had practically no reason to be unhappy. Even though the days went by without anything truly exciting happening, I was as happy as ever because I just love my life this way.
To celebrate this awesome fact, here's a selfie of me posing with a goat at a local petting zoo:
I scrolled through all the photos I took in May, and I couldn't find any interesting ones (even though I take pictures literally every day). This silly selfie stood out, which says a lot about how uneventful my life really is! 🙂
Before I continue, let's have a look at all the factors that had a positive effect on my happiness.
Positive happiness factors
The chart below shows all the positive happiness factors of May.
As usual, my relationship was my biggest source of happiness this month. I've said it a lot of times already, but I love my girlfriend and she makes my life so much better. It almost sounds cheesy to repeat this every month, but I just don't want to take this relationship for granted. I feel lucky to have her in my life and wouldn't want to imagine what it'd be like if it was any different.
The other happiness factors that had a positive impact in May are also not surprising.
These are the things that generally have the biggest influence on my happiness. These are my usual top factors of happiness.
Something else that happened in May: I finally got to see Sticky Fingers live! It's a big band in the land Down Under, which I started to love when I lived in New Zealand for 5 months. This is pretty much around the time that I also started to track my happiness!
Were there any negative happiness factors? Let's quickly have a look at the little bit of negativity I experienced during this amazing May.
Negative happiness factors
The chart below shows all the negative happiness factors of May 2019.
Just 5 factors had a negative influence on my happiness this month! Can you believe that? I'll just say this: I would love it if my life was affected this little for the rest of my life. I can deal with a little stress, anxiety, and tiredness with no problems at all if I am this happy! 🙂
That's it again. Amazing May was great and I have to say it again: this year is looking to become another great year in my books!
I hope these posts give you a general idea of what tracking happiness means to me. Because I'm tracking my happiness ratings and factors every single day, I am fully aware of what I need to do in order to become as happy as I can be. With that said, I hope I can somehow inspire you to also start tracking your happiness. 🙂
If you have any questions about anything, please let me know in the comments below, and I'll be happy to answer you!
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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 our happiness.
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After having tracked my happiness for almost 3 years, I knew exactly what made me happy and what not. In November, 2016, I was living my routinary life to the fullest, and was enjoying every single day as a result!
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December was another nice and quiet month for me personally. I enjoyed all of the things I knew that I liked, and my happiness ratings were great as a result. It was a nice end to a fantastic 2016!