My Personal Happiness Journal
Where I share the most personal details of my life in order to inspire you to do the same.
In December 2013 - when I was 20 years old - I entered a life-changing period of my young existence. That's when I decided to start tracking happiness in my personal happiness journal. I wanted to see how my life would change, and more importantly, how my happiness would be influenced.
This happiness journal eventually became the inspiration for this website.
Therefore, it's only fitting that I share this happiness journal with you. 🙂
The content of my happiness journal!
At the end of every month, I look back at exactly what has influenced my happiness. It's the perfect moment for me to learn from what I've done well and what I've done wrong.
These lessons are shared on these pages here on Tracking Happiness.
You can find every single post in my Happiness Journal right here:
February was characterized by stormy weather, tiredness and stress at work. But despite these conditions, there was plenty of happiness for me. This update shows you what influenced my personal happiness in February 2020!
Whew. The first month of 2020 is already over, and I’m happy to say that it was a great month. Where Januaries have historically been quite difficult, this month turned out to be a happy start of the year 2020!
Time to close the book of 2019. How happy was I this last year, and how can I make next year a happier year? These questions will all be answered in this in-depth yearly review of my personal happiness journal.
The last month of 2019 was filled with positivity and happiness. Unfortunately, there was also some stress and sadness along the way. This update covers my happiness journal throughout December 2019!
Stress at work, less-than-average-happiness, cozy weekends and more skateboarding. This is my happiness update of November 2019. Buckle up, it’s going to be a quick ride with lots of ups and downs!
Beautiful Autumn colors, quality time with the family, skateboarding and facing stress at the office: that’s what October 2019 was all about for me. Here’s another one of my monthly happiness journal updates, so dig in!
Time for another quick update re: my happiness in September 2019. This post is about the final days of stress in Russia, a fantastic holiday in Bosnia and Herzegovina and finally returning to the Netherlands to continue my normal life again.
Here’s a different kind of update. This monthly recap covers how quickly my life turned from happy to miserable when I started working offshore. This is by far the most stressful period of my life. Find out how much it affects my happiness here!
This post is different than anything I’ve published so far. This update contains goofy, silly, and personal stories of how my happiness was influenced in July. If you want to know what skateboarding has to do with this, come and find out!
I want to inspire you to also start your own happiness journal! If you want any inspiration, or if you just want to know what I've been up to lately, then you're at the right address!
How does my happiness journal work?
Every day, I track my happiness on a scale from 1 to 10.
I've been doing this every day since the 1st of December 2018.
My method for keeping a happiness journal is super simple, and based on 3 easy steps:
Step 1: I measure my happiness on a scale from 1 to 10
I measure my happiness based on my gut feeling, on a scale from 1 to 10. I try to not think about it for too long, and accept the fact that accuracy is much less important than consistency.
Step 2: I determine my happiness factors
Which factors influenced your happiness, both positive and negative? I determine and write down factors that have had a significant influence on my happiness. Common happiness factors are my relationship, running, work, relaxing, tired, sick, etc.
Step 3: I keep it up and learn!
I've done this for more than 5 years now and have learned a LOT in the process. This is the goal of keeping a happiness journal. It allows me to steer my life in the best direction possible!
My happiness journal is not a typical journal. Even though I originally started journaling on paper, I eventually switched to a digital format for various reasons:
- It's safer, as I have multiple back-ups. This means I can't lose my memories in a fire.
- It's more convenient, as I can journal from my desktop at work, my smartphone at home, and my tablet while on holiday! I take my happiness journal with me everywhere I go!
- It's easier to process and learn from my data, as you can see in my Happiness Essays.
If you want to know more about how I write my happiness journal, you can find everything you need to know on my method page. It looks a lot like this:
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