Another month, which means it’s time for another monthly happiness report. October, 2016 was another great month for me. I thoroughly enjoyed my regular, normal and happy life in the Netherlands. Work was busy, but manageable. My relationship was great. And even better: my girlfriend’s family took me with them on an all inclusive holiday to Turkey. I want to show you exactly how these events influenced my happiness!
The table below shows a summary of my happiness ratings.
After having experienced the happiest month of my life, October was another great month for me. My happiness ratings continued to be well above average. I was really enjoying my life during this month.
Let’s dive deeper into the happiness ratings of this month.
The chart below visualises exactly what my happiness ratings looked like throughout October, 2016.
If this is your first time on my personal happiness blog, then let me tell you that my happiness is usually not this consistent. The daily fluctuations in my happiness were really small during October, 2016!
What can I say? I really just enjoyed my regular life in the Netherlands for the most part. This included meeting up with friends, running a lot after work and hanging out with my girlfriend. Things were just going great at the time.
Let’s have a look at how this influenced the happiness factors during the month.
The table below shows all the happiness ratings for October, 2016, including all the happiness factors that influenced my happiness.
I have not only tracked my happiness on every day during this month. No, I’ve also tracked every factor that has influenced my happiness. I determine every significant positive and negative happiness factor. It’s a critical part of my method.
So what does this table show you, exactly?
Well, it basically shows you that October was just another really happy month for me. Just about everything that makes me happy is featured as a happiness factor here. But even more importantly, there were very few factors that had a negative influence at all.
I had experienced similar months like this before. I call this my happy, uneventful life. Even though nothing extraordinary was going on, I was still extremely happy.
Back in 2015, I was also really enjoying this happy uneventful life. 🙂
But what made October, 2016 different?
Extremely relaxing holiday to Turkey
My family in law took everybody on a trip to Turkey, and it was something I had never experienced before!
We flew to Antalya, and headed to a HUGE all-inclusive holiday resort right next to the beach. It was nothing like the holidays I had previously experienced. In fact, it actually felt odd at some times. Literally EVERYTHING was taken care of.
Hungry?? How about you go to one of the dozen open buffets?
Thirsty??? Here, have a beer ordered to your table within minutes!
Want to have a refreshing swim???? Here are 5 different pools in which you can swim freely.
Surely, you get the picture.
It was really quite bizarre. I didn’t have to lift a finger while there, and it was all arranged for by my girlfriend’s parents. Needless to say, I was extremely grateful for the entire trip. It was a perfect moment to fully relax and escape the daily stress of my engineering job.
We did occasionally leave the fancy resort, though! Turkey is a crazy big country, and it was waiting to be explored!
We spent a day in the city of Antalya. It was great to spend a day outside the resort, getting to know the way the Turkish people hustle in a big city. Antalya is buzzing with small restaurants, cafes and hundreds of small shops. It was a lot of fun to experience their culture through all these little businesses. Not only that, the city is also beautifully located on steep cliffs, watching over the Mediterranean Sea. Highly recommended!
On another day, we joined an organised day trip to a beautiful part of the country near the Köprüçay river.
We spent the entire afternoon rafting and driving little motorised buggies. Needless to say, this was a lot of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The surroundings were absolutely beautiful and I enjoyed the company of my girlfriend and her family. It was a truly fantastic time, which resulted in nothing but high happiness ratings. 🙂
Let’s have a look at all the positive happiness factors of this fantastic month!
Positive happiness factors
The chart below shows all the positive happiness factors of this month.
This chart looks VERY similar to those of my previous months.
I continued to live my happy and regular life, and was really enjoying it! There’s not a lot more I can say about it, really, even if I wanted to!
My relationship took the cake again. Like it had so many times already. My relationship truly is the most positive happiness factor in my life. My girlfriend positively influenced my happiness on 23 days!
I also enjoyed the usual top performing happiness factors. You know, the things that make me happy! Running, Relaxing, Traveling, Music… You name it! These happiness factors all brought a smile to my face!
Let’s continue to the negative happiness factors!
Negative happiness factors
The chart below shows all the negative happiness factors of October, 2016.
8 negative happiness factors.
Just like the last couple of months, my happiness was really not often negatively influenced.
I was tired on 5 days, which impacted my mood. I’ve analysed exactly what kind of influence sleep deprivation has on my happiness. I struggled to find enough quality sleep in October, but my happiness did not suffer the consequences!
The traffic also sucked on 3 days. I passionately hate being stuck in traffic. At the time in October, the weather was getting worse in the Netherlands. This resulted in A LOT more traffic jams. This ultimately led to a negatively influenced happiness rating on 3 occasions.
Not the end of the world, right? October was still a truly happy month for me!
2016 was shaping up to become the happiest year of my life. According to my Tracking Happiness journal, at least. I surely wasn’t complaining! 🙂
If you have any questions about anything, please let me know in the comments below, and I’ll be happy to answer you!
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.