The Happy Blog - Everything About Happiness

The #1 place on the internet where you can read interesting and unique articles related to 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 trackinghappiness.com 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.

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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 (2019)

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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Happiness Factor [What Is It & 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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Interview With Matt Welsh, a Happy Clinical Psychologist

September 24, 2018

Today, I’m interviewing Matt Welsh. He made the decision to shift careers entirely after finding his true passion in life. After a stressful career in law, he finally followed his heart and went back to school to study psychology. And it paid off! He is now a happy clinical psychologist, and never regretted his decision for even a moment.

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Interview With Happiness Expert Alejandro Cencerrado

September 1, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, I got in touch with Alex, an analyst at the Happiness Research Institute. Turns out Alex has tracked his happiness for the last 13 years! He lives and breathes like a data analyst, and happens to be passionate about happiness just like all of us! In this interview, he shares how he started, what he has learned from tracking his happiness and explains some of the work he does regarding happiness research!

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Happiness on a scale from 1 to 10 [What’s your scale?]

August 24, 2018

Ever since I started tracking my happiness, I have seen a lot of different scales being used. My method of tracking happiness uses a scale from 1 to 10. Over the years, I have received a lot of questions and comments about this happiness scale. There are many reports, platforms, surveys and apps that track happiness on a different scale! This article discusses why the Tracking Happiness method is based on a happiness scale from 1 to 10.

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What You Can Learn From Tracking Your Happiness! (First Community Post!)

August 17, 2018

This is the first community post here on Tracking Happiness. Joining us here is Sanjay, and he is about to share what he has learned from tracking his happiness for the past half year. It began with a simple routine of recording my happiness levels every day. He didn’t think too much of it at the time, but soon enough his life started changing. This first community post shows exactly how he improved his life!

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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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