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Quiet December – Monthly Happiness Report – December, 2016

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A lovely day in Amsterdam with my girlfriend the day after Christmas

Welcome to the last monthly happiness report of 2016. The previous couple of months were simply great, and December was more of the same! My life was really simple and enjoyable at the time. I want to show you what my happiness looked like during this period of my life.

The table below shows a summary of my happiness ratings.

My happiness ratings were right on the average, which is just great. It means that December was a nice and happy month. 2016 was a great year for me, and I had no complaints about December being mostly the same. πŸ™‚

Let’s dive deeper into the happiness ratings of this month.

Monthly happiness

The chart below visualises exactly what my happiness ratings looked like throughout December, 2016.

You can see that my happiness was really consistent again. Similar to the last couple of months, there was not a single bad day in December. Sure, some days were better than others, but I was generally really happy in December. It was the routinary, simple and happy life I had built for myself, and I was making sure nothing would stand in my way to happiness!

Another beautiful sunset in the Netherlands
Another beautiful sunset in the Netherlands

I had been tracking my happiness for almost 3 years at this point. During these 3 years, I learned exactly what made me happy and what not.

Let’s have a look at the happiness factors of December, 2016.

Happiness factors

The table below shows all the happiness ratings, including all the happiness factors that influenced my happiness.

As you might have seen already in the line chart above, my happiness in December was extremely consistent again.

It started off with a visit to my dearest soccer team of the Netherlands: Feyenoord! They won 6-1 over their neighbouring competitor in a great match. If you are a fierce Ajax fan (Feyenoord’s arch enemy), then I’m sorry to see you leave! No hard feelings! πŸ˜‰

Anyway, the effect on my happiness was clear on that day. I rated that Sunday with an 8,25 on my happiness scale!

I spent the next couple of days with my friends and girlfriend. Even though I’m quite the introvert, spending time with my friends usually makes me happy. πŸ™‚

And my girlfriend has arguably the biggest positive influence on my happiness. As I’m writing this post, she still has the biggest positive impact on my happiness. And therefore, my life.

A lovely day in Amsterdam with my girlfriend the day after Christmas
A lovely day in Amsterdam with my girlfriend the day after Christmas

We spent a great day in Amsterdam as well. Even though I’ve lived in the Netherlands most of my life, I rarely really visited our capital like I should have. It was nice to be a tourist in my own country for a moment. We went to Amsterdam on the 27th of the month. As usual, a day spent together like this elevated my happiness above the average.

Before discussing the rest of December, I first want to show you all the positive happiness factors that influenced my life during the month!

Positive happiness factors

The chart below shows all the positive happiness factors of the month.

The last couple of months all resulted in the same kind of chart. I was really living my routinary life to perfection at this point. I was continuously enjoying the things in life that made me happy. There wasn’t a day in December in which I didn’t enjoy at least one of my passions!

In addition, Christmas time has always been a period that I enjoy. At the time, I really valued the time I was able to spend with my family. I knew how important family could be for me. And I also remember the passing of my granddad 2 years earlier, and how it left me feeling like shit in some ways.  Spending quality time with my family really made me happy during the Christmas days.

Even though I ate WAY too much. AGAIN.

I also got my ass back in my little home studio!

My home studio setup
My sweet home studio, where I spent many, many hours

You see, ever since September 2014, I had a goal. And that goal was to record a full album of my own original music, with a decent audio quality. Over the years, I had bought the necessary studio equipment, and started to create my very own little home-studio.

These expenses weren’t cheap, but they certainly made me happy!

Anyway, I finally finished the very last song of this album in December, 2016. Just 2 years later!

I was extremely happy to have completed this goal, and was satisfied with the result. Finishing this album had been a goal of mine for far too long, and it felt great to finally cross it off my list.

Next goal? Get one of my songs played on the radio! πŸ™‚

But that’s for later.

The rest of December was really just filled with the things I knew made me happy. This was mostly just running, relaxing and spending time with my girlfriend.

Before I wrap this post up, I want to show you all the negative happiness factors as well!

Negative happiness factors

The chart below shows all the negative happiness factors of December, 2016.

This chart is – AGAIN – really similar to the previous months. I was just enjoying my simple and quiet life in December.

I still failed a little with getting more sleep. Even though I knew I was tired too often, I couldn’t get my sleep habits under control. I was tired on 6 days again, which impacted my mood as a result. I’ve analysed exactly what kind of influence sleep deprivation has on my happiness. Spoiler alert: it’s not a positive effect…

And that brings me to New Year’s Eve.

Even though I rated the day with a 7.0 – which is still not bad at all – it was actually the worst day of the month!

I mentioned previously that I’m quite the introvert. Well, that means that I don’t necessarily enjoy social gatherings as much as the next guy, especially when they happen in a place where it’s busy and extremely loud. I have talked about it – semi jokingly – in a post I wrote dedicated to how much I hate clubs.

Despite my internal warning signs, this is exactly what happened on the last day of 2016. My friends, girlfriend and I joined a party to start the new year. It was a densely packed area with loud music that I didn’t really enjoy.

I wasn’t necessarily unhappy. I still enjoyed having beers with my friends. But I could’ve thought of a better place to spend New Year’s Eve. What’s worse, is that my girlfriend and I actually had a slight argument as well. Nothing major, but it wasn’t the kind of thing that I was looking for. As a result, it had a negative influence on my happiness.

And that explains that. It wasn’t a bad night – not at all. It just could’ve been a little bit better, if it were up to me. Eh, you win some, you lose some. πŸ˜‰

Closing words

And that was the end of a fantastic year for me! 2016 was a very happy year for me, and December was much of the same. I really enjoyed my quiet and peaceful life in the Netherlands. 2017 was going to be a little different, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself! More on that later! πŸ™‚

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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