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:
I spent an absolutely fantastic weekend in Marrakesh, Morocco with my girlfriend. I want to show you how this event, and the rest of January, influenced my happiness ratings. This report will go into great detail about what made me happy and what not!
2016 was the best year of my life, according to my happiness tracking journal. My average happiness rating of the year came down to a staggering 7.91. I want to show you exactly how 2016 became the happiest year of my life!
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!
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!
My girlfriend’s family took me with them on an extremely relaxing holiday in Turkey. Not only that, the rest of October, 2016 was truly fantastic, and I was very happy throughout. I want to show you how I rated my happiness during this month!
I ran the Nottingham marathon on the 25th of September, 2016. It was a great day for me, and I’ve tracked my happiness throughout the day and the event itself. This article shows exactly what this marathon did to my happiness!
September 2016 was the happiest month of my life, according to my happiness tracking data. I enjoyed spending most of my time doing the things I loved, and was very happy as a result. I want to show you exactly how it influenced my happiness!
The month in which I traveled to Macedonia with my girlfriend was one of the best months of my life. I want to show you exactly why!
In July, 2016, I went to Belgium on two seperate weekends. A weekend trip to Ghent and a couple of days at Rock Werchter. What happened to my happiness?
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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!