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. 🙂

when and how to start journaling

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:

Tracking happiness method demo
Tracking happiness method demo

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:

Falling in style at the Fox Glacier Skydive
Fox Glacier Skydive [With Photos] – Good day – June 12th, 2014

I went skydiving at the Fox Glacier on the South Island of New Zealand. It is the highest skydive on the southern hemisphere, and it was absolutely amazing.

Sick on holiday Abel Tasman National Park
Sick On Holiday – Bad day – June 7th, 2014

I got sick on holiday after finishing my stressful internship. I want to share my experiences in this Bad Day post, as I have tracked all the details.

A reason for why I hate clubs is the crowdeness
I Hate Clubs – Bad day – December 21st, 2013

I hate clubs. I have dedicated this entire ‘Bad day’ post to the things that I hate about clubbing. It has a very negative influence on my happiness!

Traveling through the Abel Tasman National Park
South Island Road Trip – Monthly Happiness Report – June, 2014

This is a detailed account of what I did during my South Island road trip. It specifically covers what made me happy and what not.

Tracking Happiness on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing 4
Tongariro Alpine Crossing – Monthly Happiness Report – May, 2014

Hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing had a great effect on my personal happiness! This monthly happiness report will cover the hike in detail.

Traveling North Island New Zealand 1
McLaren Falls Park and Coromandel – Monthly Happiness Report – April, 2014

This month, I got to travel to the McLaren Falls Park and Coromandel for two awesome weekend trips. I continued interning in Auckland as well.

View over Omapere bay, on the way to Bay of Islands
Friends Make You Happy – Monthly Happiness Report – March, 2014

In this month’s happiness report, I will explore how exactly I come to the conclusion that friends make you happy!

The waterfall near Piha
The Travel Bug And Fluctuating Happiness – Monthly Happiness Report – February, 2014

In this monthly happiness report, I will explain how I got bitten by the travel bug. I´ll cover the awesome things I have seen while in New Zealand.

View over piha beach
Traveling, relationship and happiness – Monthly Happiness Report – January, 2014

In this monthly happiness report, I will explain you how my relationship and traveling became the biggest contributors 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!

Hugo Tracking Happiness Snapshot

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