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Hiking in Dachstein, Austria – Monthly Happiness Report – June, 2016

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The summer of 2016 had arrived. It was June! This month was the start of a period in which I went to a lot of different holidays. June was another fantastic month for me. I not only enjoyed my happy life in the Netherlands, I also went to Austria with my brother and father to hike in the mountains for a couple of days. The Dachstein Glacier was the decor of a perfect trip!

I have tracked my happiness every day, and can therefore show you exactly how my situation and life influenced my happiness.

Let’s not waste anymore time and have a look at some of the happiness tracking data.

June was another fantastic month for me. The average happiness rating was 8,01, which was exactly the same as it was the month before. These were great ratings, and were a testament to the happy period I was living in.

Let’s take a better look into these happiness ratings.

Monthly happiness

The chart below visualises exactly what my happiness looked like throughout the June, 2016.

This month was absolutely fantastic, up until the last couple of days. I continued to live my happy, regular life in the Netherlands.

That meant I enjoyed spending time with my girlfriend and my close group of friends.

On the 20th of June, my father, brother and I hopped in a car and drove down to Austria. We were going to hike around the Dachstein Glacier for a couple of days.

I had gone hiking with my brother and father before. The last time in Austria was absolutely fantastic, and this time was no different. More on that later!

The last days of the month were something different, though…

My brother and I went to Rock Werchter. Rock Werchter is a huge rock festival in Belgium. We were both really looking forward to it, but it turned into a huge dissapointment.

I want to cover exactly what happened during June in this Monthly happiness report. How did these events influence my happiness?

Let’s continue with the factors that influenced my happiness ratings!

Happiness factors

The table below shows all the happiness ratings for June, 2016.

Continuing my happy life in the Netherlands

The first half of June was actually really simple. I enjoyed my happy life in the Netherlands.

Nothing special of course, but I continued working as an engineer at the marine contractor, which I actually enjoyed these days! I also loved spending time with my girlfriend. My relationship was great again, after surviving quite a turbulent period. Things were going great!

I’ve detailed exactly how my relationship has influenced my happiness in my huge ‘Happiness through love’ article.

Hiking the Dachstein Glacier in Austria

On the 20th of June, my father, my brother and I drove to Austria, to go on a hiking trip together. We each had our own backpacks, and set foot in the beautiful mountain range of the Dachstein Glacier.

We had done this before 2 years earlier, and it was another fantastic experience.

The Dachstein Glacier is absolutely beautiful, and the weather was pretty much perfect.

I think pictures speak louder than words. If you have a look at these pictures, I think you will understand why my happiness ratings were as high as they were!

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Imagine living there!

We hiked a solid 6 days, through beautiful forests and snow-capped glacial slopes. The landscape varied a lot, and I couldn’t believe just how beautiful this part of the world was.

It was really nice to walk through such landscapes, without having to worry about anything else. For once, there was no constant sound of traffic, computers or people talking. Just nature and the company of my family. It was all I needed at the time. Total peace. πŸ™‚

Stunning views over the lake in front of the Dachstein Glacier
Stunning views over the lake in front of the Dachstein Glacier

We hiked for about 8 hours per day, and went from cabin to cabin. Our backpacks contained everything we needed, and the cabins had the proper facilities for a good night’s rest. After a long day of hiking, anything that even remotely resembled a bed felt like a king-sized mattress. These cabins were mostly equipped with bunk beds, but they were more than perfect for us! πŸ™‚

They don’t have warm showers, but they do have cold beer! You gotta love the Austrians!

I used my smartphone to track the hikes we walked each day. When we got back in the Netherlands, I imported them to Google Earth, to have a look at what we did. It was really cool to track our steps, and to zoom in to the things we had seen during our hikes.

Our hiking tracks during this hike through the Dachstein Glacier mountains
This route was absolutely stunning!

These couple of days were just wonderful. It was the perfect trip, really. The weather was great. I enjoyed spending time with my family. The landscape was stunning and the Austrian beer was lovely πŸ™‚

These days were easily among the best of the year!

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It’s always nice to meet the locals!

Before continuing to the remainder of this post, I want to show you another excerpt from my happiness tracking journal. I wrote the following on the 26th of June, just after returning from this wonderful hike in Austria. I rated that Sunday with an 8,0.

Lovely Sunday! I slept late this day, which was nice. Much needed! I have now organised all the photos of the holiday. It was so perfect, I still can’t believe it. I can now view all these photos in Google Earth, on the exact location where I took them. I want to do this with every single picture I’ve ever taken, so I can slowly start to cover the entire globe. I’ve not found an app so far that does this (still waiting for you, Google…)

I spent the day with my girlfriend today. She’s pretty sick at the moment, so we just relaxed the entire day. It was nice spending time with her again. πŸ™‚

Went home early in the evening, to do my own thing. Tomorrow will probably be busy at work. Not looking forward to that… Wednesday is the start of Rock Werchter. NICE. I’m excited. Going to bed now. See ya!

As you can read, I was pretty enthusiastic about my trip to Austria, and I don’t think you are surprised by that! πŸ™‚

I was going to Rock Werchter in a couple of days as well, and was very excited for it. The festival was going to last 5 days, so I had bought a tent and all the necessary gear to make my festival stay as pleasant as possible.

The line up of the festival was pretty great. There were a couple of artist that I wanted to see: Florence and the Machine, Rammstein, The Offspring and the Editors. However, I was most excited to see the one and only Paul McCartney live. I’ve been a huge fan of the Beatles and Wings, and was really happy that I was going to see him perform live!

More on that later, though!

Positive happiness factors

The chart below shows all the positive happiness factors of June, 2016.

If you’ve been reading a couple of my previous Monthly happiness reports lately, you’ll recognise most of these positive happiness factors.

Not only was I enjoying a lot of quality time with my relationship, I was also living my happy life in the Netherlands. As a result, my happiness factors are not only pretty similar to the latest months, I enjoyed a lot of the things I always liked. Work was great, I enjoyed time with my friends and spent some great time with my family as well. Happy times!


Also, I signed up for my third marathon! My sister and I were both going to run the Nottingham Marathon, in the United Kingdom! After running my second marathon together with my sister and brother, I was looking forward to running another one of these terrible races. After all, I had to finish a marathon under 4 hours before the end of the year.

It was on my goal list, so I just had to.

So I continued to run a lot during my normal happy life. And it was another nice positive factor for my happiness. Nottingham was going to be my first marathon abroad, so I was more than motivated to properly train for it!

Negative happiness factors

The chart below shows all the negative happiness factors of this month.

So what happened here?

There were 13 factors that had a negative influence on my happiness in June, 2016. That’s not too terrible, right? I’ve definitely had worse months

But six of these 13 factors happened during the last 3 days of the month.

Wasn’t I supposed to enjoy my time on this rock festival in Belgium?

It would have been a great festival, if only the WEATHER would have been better. But the weather was ab-so-lu-tely terrible.

On the night we arrived, we had to set up camp in a few inches of mud, in the pouring rain. Even though the beer was nice, the music sounded good and everybody was friendly and outgoing, the total experience was ruined for me by the miserable weather.

And that caused this festival to become a rather negative experience for me. But I want to discuss the details of that festival during next monthly happiness report. You see, it actually continued into July, so I will cover exactly what it did to my happiness in the next post! Sorry! πŸ™‚

Closing words

That’s it for this month again! June was a fantastic month for me. I not only continued to enjoy my happy life in the Netherlands, I also went on a PERFECT hiking trip to the Dachstein Glacier in Austria. The only really negative experience of June was the festival, but I will cover more on that in the next report!

If you have any questions about anything, please let me know in the comments below, and I’ll be happy to answer you!



Hugo Huijer

Founder of Tracking Happiness

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 7 years.

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