This monthly happiness report is going to be slightly different. November 2016 was an interesting month for me. Nothing spectacular happened, yet I was still very happy! It was my routinary life in action! I continued doing the things I loved in life, and my happiness was extremely consistent and nice throughout. This report is going to be quite short as a result. It’s still interesting to see exactly how this routinary life influenced my happiness!
The table below shows a summary of my happiness ratings.
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. Logically, this data only helped me optimise my routinary life, into something that provided me with lots of happiness.
Let’s dive deeper into the happiness ratings of this month.
The chart below visualises exactly what my happiness ratings looked like throughout November, 2016.
2016 was a fantastic year for me, and November was no different.
The lowest happiness rating of the month was a 7.0, which I still considered to be a pretty happy day! There were no unhappy days whatsoever. I like to think that this was a result of the knowledge I gained from tracking happiness. I knew what things to steer clear from, and found the right balance in my life!
Let’s have a look at the happiness factors of November, 2016.
The table below shows all the happiness ratings, including all the happiness factors that influenced my happiness.
I was really enjoying my routinary life in November. Sure, some days could have been better had I chosen to do something extraordinary. But I chose not to.
You see, I was just happy with the fact that my life was easy and on auto-pilot. I enjoyed the things that I love to do, without experiencing any stress at all.
Some of you might consider this to be boring, but I think otherwise. I thoroughly enjoyed myself in November, by spending time with my friends and sweet girlfriend. Also, I continued running a lot and found a lot of joy in music.
I participated in a 10 kilometer race at the start of the month. After having run my third marathon in September, it was nice to run these short distances again! I loved the race, and was able to push my body to a new personal record. I finished the 10k race in about 42:30, which felt like an amazing achievement to me. 🙂
Another passion of mine has always been music. I enjoy literally anything that’s related to music. Not only does practicing music make me a happier person, I also really love going to concerts. I went to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam with my brother! It was the 3rd time I saw them play live, and it was another fantastic experience. I grew up with their music, so the concert obviously made me feel as happy as a child again! It was also nice to spend quality time with my brother!
I rated the day of this concert (the 9th) with a 8,25 on my happiness scale. Spending time with my family and the great live music were the main causes of my happiness on that day! 🙂
Let’s have a look at all the other positive happiness factors of this month!
Positive happiness factors
The chart below shows all the positive happiness factors of November, 2016.
It was another good month for my relationship as well. Even though my girlfriend and I had experienced our fair deal of challenging times, we were happily spending our time together this November. My relationship was – and still is – the biggest positive happiness factor of my life.
Let’s continue to the negative happiness factors!
Negative happiness factors
The chart below shows all the negative happiness factors of November, 2016.
This chart is extremely similar to last month’s edition.
I was tired on 5 days again, which impacted my mood as a result. I’ve analysed exactly what kind of influence sleep deprivation has on my happiness. In November, I continued to struggle to find enough quality sleep. One night was particularly bad, because I just couldn’t get to sleep AT ALL. Even though I was physically tired and went to bed relatively early, I laid awake untill well past 3 AM. This happened on the 27th of the month, and it really frustrated me. This may have been one of the reasons why my happiness was slightly down compared to the previous month.
I was also stuck in traffic again on 2 days. November has always historically been one of the worst months to be driving a car in the Netherlands. Luckily, I was treated with FANTASTIC sunsets on the way back from work. So even when I was getting frustrated while sitting in heavy traffic, I still found joy in watching beautiful sunsets.
I couldn’t stop myself from posting this picture, as it remains to be one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever witnessed. Sure, I was stuck in traffic, but this kind of view made it much easier for me to accept! You can actually see the long line of brake lights in the lower left corner! 😉
I can think of worse things to happen in life!
November was another great month. I had fully optimised my routinary life, and enjoyed every single day of the month! Even though I was living mostly on auto-pilot, my happiness didn’t suffer the consequences.
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.