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. 🙂
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:
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:
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!
June 2019 was interesting. I experienced a lot of things that made me incredibly happy, but unfortunately also some negative things. At the end of the month, I was feeling a bit burned out, and I want to get to the bottom of those feelings in this monthly happiness journal update!
This month will forever be known as Amazing May. This past month was amazing in pretty much every way. I was happy, productive, spend quality time with my girlfriend and friends and was really happy as a result. Here’s the monthly update from my personal happiness journal!
April was very exciting, as a lot of cool things happened. Primarily, I ran my fifth marathon and went on an amazing 2-week holiday to the Azores with my girlfriend. This monthly happiness journal update shows just how happy I was throughout this great month!
Here’s a great peek at my uneventful and happy life. Even though I did nothing extraordinary, I was pretty happy throughout March! In this post, I share the inside of my happiness journal during this happy period!
February was a much happier month than January, and a big part of that can be contributed to the sunny weather! In February, I found happiness in the simple parts of life. Here’s a sneak peek in my happiness journal!
At the end of 2018, I said specifically that I wanted to start 2019 taking life easier. Well, that failed. I was stressed a lot this January, which resulted in sleepless nights, shitty days at work and a relatively low average happiness rating.
Now that 2018 is over, I want to study my happiness journal in order to learn from it. This article contains a lot of visualizations about how my year has been. In the end, I set out a plan to make 2019 an even happier year!
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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 our 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!