June was weird… It could have been a much happier month, if not for a couple of negative happiness factors.
This update is going to be brief, as I try to focus more on the data and pictures, and less on actually talking about what’s up.
Here’s a quick summary of what happened in June:
- I was stressed and anxious a lot, for multiple reasons.
- The weather turned a bit worse, so I wasn’t able to spend as much time outside.
- Luckily, my girlfriend and I went on a weekend getaway to Belgium, which was the highlight of the month.
- Stress at work ramped up again at the end of the month.
- I had serious sleep issues, also at the end of the month (coincidence, or not?)
- I am still skateboarding as much as I can, despite the rain!
How did these things influence my happiness in June?
You tell me.
Here are my personal happiness ratings, neatly presented in a simple line chart:
My average happiness rating in June was 7.52, which is a little below average.
What’s more interesting is that there were 3 days in June that I rated with a 5 or less. It’s been a while since that’s happened!
This month was unfortunately troubled by some unhappiness. But let’s first have a look at the things that positively influenced my happiness.
Positive happiness factors
Here are the positive happiness factors that I tracked this month.
The close winner is – as always – my relationship. Spending time with my girlfriend makes me happy almost every day. Especially during difficult times, she’s there to make me happy. I count myself very lucky to have her in my life.
Without my relationship to boost me up, my happiness would surely be a lot lower!
Our weekend getaway
The European borders have carefully opened up again, so my girlfriend and I made full advantage of it.
We spent 2 nights in a beautiful hotel in Bruges, a beautiful city in Belgium. We drove there by car, and it was almost like this whole covid situation doesn’t exist anymore.
Either way, we had a blast together, and spent the entire weekend relaxing, enjoying good food and spending quality time together.
Belgium is known for its many beers. Needless to say, we did our best to taste some of the local beers while we were there.
During the rest of the month, we tried to make the most of the bad weather. We went outside whenever we could, and also spent some quality time with our families again. Spending time with family always has a positive influence on my happiness.
I’m still skating!
Or, shredding as the cool kids call it.
I’m shredding as much as I can, and as long as I don’t fall and break something, I actually feel like I’m improving.
I’ve already improved compared to how good I was when I stopped skating when I was 12 years old or so.
Don’t believe me?
Unfortunately, that’s about as much as I can share on the positive side of things.
Negative happiness factors
Here are the negative factors that influenced my happiness in June:
While it may not seem like a lot, there were a total of 23 negative happiness factors in May.
And they’re all relevant to one another.
If you have a look at the graph of happiness ratings at the top of this post, you can see that June saw two dips in my happiness.
They were both caused by a mix of the following:
- Anxiety, due to not feeling in control of my life.
- Stress at work, due to deadlines.
- Sleepless nights, due to the above (and maybe even some medical reasons).
- Feeling tired as hell, due to the lack of sleep.
Rinse and repeat.
The second dip of the month was especially bad, where I ended up skipping an entire night due to my insomnia. This resulted in some physical complaints as well, which further unsettled me and made me anxious.
Combine that with stressful deadlines at work, and you end up with a terrible day. That day was the 28th of June for me, which I rated with a 4.5 on my happiness scale.
It’s funny how quick something good can change to something bad. The 27th of June was one of the happiest days of the month, because I got to spend it with my family. It’s proof that happiness doesn’t last forever, and can sometimes dissapear at the blink of an eye.
That’s why I try to be grateful for the happy moments in my life.
Writing these monthly updates helps me tremendously with this.
Oh, and one more thing:
I’ll stop working in August, after which my girlfriend and I will leave our apartment in September. What happens next? We’ll start our sabbatical in Europe, where we plan to spend some time just camping and relaxing.
It’s not our initial plan (or our second plan for that matter), but we still want to continue with our sabbatical. I’m super excited to start traveling together, and can’t wait for it to start. We’ve saved up enough together, so we are sure that we won’t regret it!
That’s it for another monthly update. I’m looking forward to seeing you back here again next month.
How was your June? What would you rate your happiness on a scale from 1 to 10 this past month? Let me know in the comments below!
Founder of Tracking Happiness and lives in the Netherlands. Ran 5 marathons, with one of them in under 4 hours (3:59:58 to be exact). Data junkie and happiness tracker for over 6 years.