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“Is The Pandemic Almost Over?” – May 2021

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maastricht netherlands may 2021

For new readers: This post is part of my ongoing Tracking Happiness Diary updates. It’s 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.

May has historically been an amazing month for me.

  • My birthday is in May.
  • The weather is finally getting better.
  • There are beautiful flowers everywhere.
  • The bees are buzzing.
  • Etc.
  • Etc.

In other words, it’s just lovely to be outside in May.

This May was particularly great because, for the first time in a while, I’ve got the feeling that the pandemic is on its way out.

How did this impact my happiness? Here’s another quick update in which I’ll share data from my happiness diary.

Let’s start with the happiness ratings for May:

happiness ratings may 2021

The average happiness rating for May was 81.16 which I’m obviously more than happy with!

I rate my happiness on a scale from 1 to 100 now, as I use the Tracking Happiness Diary.

What changed in May?

Last month’s, I wrote about how life was really uneventful.

Every day consisted of the same things. With the pandemic still going on, it’s difficult to make any long-term plans.

That didn’t really change in May, unfortunately. But the Netherlands is quickly vaccinating folks left and right, along with the rest of the world. This makes me optimistic that there will be some more exciting monthly updates coming soon. At least before the end of this year!

As some of you may remember, my girlfriend and I quit our jobs last year, to make a big change to our lives. So far, none of these changes have materialized due to the pandemic. In fact, both myself and my girlfriend have picked up work again in the meantime. But our plans are still very much alive.

Anyway, we tried to enjoy the changing of the seasons as much as possible in May.

tulip fields netherlands may 2021

This is quite clear from the list of positive happiness factors I wrote down in my diary this month.

positive factors may 2021

Restrictions are slowly dissapearing

With the increasing percentage of vaccinated people in the Netherlands, the government is easing up the restrictions. As a result, I can enjoy lots of fun stuff again:

  • Outdoor dining (and drinking!)
  • Skateboarding in my favorite park
  • Meeting up with more friends
  • Traveling to beautiful spots in the Netherlands (like the famous Tulip Fields!)

My girlfriend and I went away for my 28th birthday. We visited the southernmost part of the Netherlands and went hiking through the beautiful green hills.

maastricht netherlands may 2021

Negative happiness factors

As always, there were some parts of the month that I didn’t like as much.

One day in particular was stressful, and it was the 26th. Since quitting my job last year in 2020, I’ve taken up work as a freelancer, while combining lots of different projects for Tracking Happiness.

In the meantime, I didn’t get enough sleep so I eventually found myself to be quite stressed.

It’s funny in a way: I used to think that I would get rid of any stress in my life by quitting my stressful engineering job in 2020. But it turns out that I can get stressed just fine on my own. I don’t need any employer for that, apparently!

negative factors may 2021

Luckily, the list of negative happiness factors is super small compared to the positives, so I’m not complaining!

We’re almost halfway through 2021, and I’m hopeful that the pandemic will be mostly over before the end of this year.

My girlfriend and I can’t wait to set our plans into motion. But until then, I’ll be happy to experience more months like May 2021!

Talk soon!


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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