For new readers: This post is part of my on-going Tracking Happiness Diary updates. It’s basically a public case study on Tracking Happiness, by publishing about the ups and downs I write about in my journal. I started doing this when Tracking Happiness was first launched, and never stopped.
Tracking Happiness currently receives ~50.000 views per month. These Tracking Happiness Diary updates receive a very little portion of that traffic. It’s really low, probably much lower than you’d expect (less than 0.1%).
Why am I sharing this? Well, because I screwed the pooch again! I forgot to write my March update, so I’m going to have to cover both March and April in this update. Luckily, there’s not a lot of people that have noticed.
If you’re reading this, you now know that you’re part of a very elite group of people that follows these updates, and that I’m really happy that you’re here! Please forgive me for not publishing these updates every month as I have for the last ~8 years. I’ll try to do better next month.
Last January and February were a little weird: I was living a typical “Lockdown life” where every day seems to morph into another, and days turn to weeks and weeks turn to months, and KAPOW, it’s suddenly May already.
Where does time go?
Luckily for me, my happiness is comfortably high and I really don’t mind to live an uneventful life. As long as I’m happy and the people I love are healthy, I don’t really care for lockdowns and restrictions.
What did my happiness look like these past 2 months?
Here are my personal happiness ratings for March:
And here are my personal happiness ratings for April:
As you can see, I was pretty happy again these months.
The average for March was 79.97 and for April it was 80.27.
I rate my happiness on a scale from 1 to 100 now, as I use the Tracking Happiness Diary.
What were the highlights of March and April?
March was the most uneventful month of all time.
I wish I could explain in more detail, but I’m sure I’d bore you to death. My days all look like this:
- Wake up, have breakfast, get to work.
- Work as much as possible on Tracking Happiness, which I consider to be my job now.
- Pick up my girlfriend from the office, have dinner and relax for the remainder of the day.
Don’t get me wrong. I love days like these, since I get to work on something that I’m super passionate about, and I get to spend time with the person I love.
April was not much different, besides severely straining my wrist during one of my skateboarding sessions. 🤕 I was in quite some pain for a day or two, and couldn’t focus my energy on the things that I love.
Still, I managed to land this killer 360-flip in April.
I still find it incredibly that I tried skateboarding again on a random day in July 2019, and accidentally found my biggest hobby.
Even though I sometimes fall on my ass, and I probably will break something in the near future, I still freaking love it. I’m usually the happiest on days when I have some time to go to the local park when it’s quiet, to try and land a couple of kickflips.
Here are the other factors that made me happy the last couple of months.
And here’s April:
As I said, the top 3 happiness factors are the things that I’m able to do most during lockdown:
- Spend time with my girlfriend
- Work on my business
Again, as long as everybody I care about stays healthy, I can’t really complain about these lockdowns and restrictions.
Restrictions are slowly dissapearing
With the increasing percentage of vaccinated people in the Netherlands, the government is slowly getting rid of the most stringent restrictions.
This allows my girlfriend and I to go on more exciting weekend trips again, which we did at the end of April.
With the weather slowly improving, it’s really nice to retreat to some of the beautiful national parks that the Netherlands has to offer.
Negative happiness factors
There were a couple of factors that had a negative influence on my happiness these last months.
And here’s April:
At the end of March, I was remarkably tired and unenergetic for a couple of days. It luckily wasn’t COVID-19 and I regained my energy again after laying my head down for a while.
Luckily, these negative factors didn’t impact my happiness all that much.
These first 4 months of 2021 have been notably uneventful, but I’m still really happy!
Of course, I hope that all the restrictions will be lifted soon, and that the pandemic will be a in the past. But until then, I’ll continue doing what I do now, as it seems to be working. 😂