The Happy Blog - Everything About Happiness


I believe the absolute purpose in life is happiness. No matter what different things we value in life, we all try to be as happy as we can for as long as possible. You might say you want to be successful, famous, rich or healthy, but these are really just factors that ultimately influence your happiness. The Happy Blog is a place for the Tracking Happiness community to share interesting, entertaining and inspiring content about happiness.

What is the Happy Blog about?

The Happy Blog is about pretty much everything that's related to happiness. Most importantly, it will NOT be just about my own happiness.

You see, up until the birth of the Happy Blog, the scope of this website has been mostly my own personal happiness.

I want to be so much more than just that!

I want the Happy Blog to be more about you!

The list of topics that are covered in the Happy Blog is virtually endless. But I still want to give it a try. The Happy Blog is going to include:

  • Posts about (tracking) happiness from the community (that's YOU!)
  • Articles about more than just happiness (think about other psychological topics)
  • Interviewing others about their experiences with finding happiness in life
  • Highlighting the most interesting studies
  • Sharing insightful journals from all over the world
  • Perhaps product or book reviews
  • Guest posts from other prominent writers on the subject of happiness
  • Editorial stuff
  • etc.
  • etc.

Join the Happy Blog!

Do you have an inspiring story to tell, something special you experienced regarding happiness or a different point of view on the topics of this Happy Blog, then I'd love to share your voice on this page as well.

My goal is to grow the Happy Blog into a community-driven platform that creates unique and inspiring content for the whole world to see.

This page contains a growing list of all the posts that have been published on the Happy Blog.

Let go of the idea that life must be fair to be happy

>10 Things to let go of to be Happy! (+Bonus Tips)

December 6, 2018

If you want to be happy, then have a look at these simple things to let go of to be happy! This article contains 17 pieces of actionable advice that you can use right away in order to become happier!

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Examples Of Optimism And Why It’s Important

November 22, 2018

Let’s talk about optimism! If you’re wondering how you can develop an optimistic mindset, then look no further. This article covers exactly how you can train your optimism so you can always have a positive outlook on life! It includes actionable examples that you can put to use right away!

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Examples of Emotional Self Awareness And Why You Need It

November 16, 2018

It sometimes seems hard to keep a level head in the chaotic and stressful world we live in today. A skill that we should all learn to develop is called emotional self-awareness. This article is about how you can train this skill for yourself. It contains a lot of actionable examples of how emotional self-awareness can be recognized, trained and optimized!

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I’m Hugo, The Author Of Tracking Happiness. Let’s Meet!

November 12, 2018

My name is Hugo, and this is a (long overdue) proper introduction of who I am, what I am passionate about and what I’d like Tracking Happiness to become! This is who I am. I’d love to find out who you are!

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Grateful vs. Thankful: What’s The Difference? (ANSWERED)

November 6, 2018

This post covers the concepts of being grateful vs. being thankful. Although they are practically synonyms, there is still a difference between these two ideas. But more than anything, this post will show you actionable methods that you can use right away to become more grateful and thankful. This will make you a better version of yourself, while also increasing the happiness on our little planet!

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3 Weeks in Vietnam – An Epic Travel Itinerary [+Cost Breakdown]

October 27, 2018

My girlfriend and I just finished our epic 3-week trip to Vietnam, and I want to show you exactly what we did on this trip. If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam right now, then look no further. This recollection covers everything you need to know about spending 3 weeks in Vietnam!

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Diary vs. Journal: What’s The Difference? (ANSWERED)

October 23, 2018

I’ve been an avid journaler and diarist for 5 years now, but always wondered: what’s the exact difference between a diary and a journal? This short article sets out to answer that question once and for all, using some fun and creative methods!

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The Best Leather Journals For Your Specific Needs (2018)

October 19, 2018

I’m reviewing leather journals for a change! I started my journaling career in a journal, and always thought leather journals were a form of art. Nothing beats a leather-bound journal full of pages filled to the brim with amazing stories, memories, and drawings. That’s why I have handpicked the best genuine leather-bound journals for your specific needs! If you’re going to start journaling, you better get yourself a great leather journal!

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What Is A Happiness Factor? [+How To Find Yours!]

October 5, 2018

Tracking the factors that influence your happiness is just as important as tracking your happiness itself. This post explains what a happiness factor is, and how you can increase your self-awareness by learning more about your own factors!

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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 your 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!

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