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Surfing In Costa Rica – Good Day – June 28th, 2015

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Surfing in Costa Rica

Welcome to yet another ‘Good Day‘ post! In this ‘Good Day’ series, I try to highlight some of the best days of my life, in order to fully show you how I have been tracking my happiness! On the 28th of June, I was extremely thrilled to be surfing again. I was working in crunch mode on a project in Costa Rica at the time, and the surfing was a perfect escape from the challenges of my daily life!

Let’s dive straight into my happiness tracking data, shall we?

The data

Below is the data that I entered in my personal happiness tracking journal. This is how I rated my happiness on this day.

DateJune 28th, 2015
LocationLimón, Costa Rica
Happiness rating8,5
CommentWhat a FANTASTIC DAY!

Oh my god, this day was simply perfect. I woke up at 07:45, which is basically pretty late for me nowadays (nice!).

I first Skyped with my girlfriend again, which was fun. We don’t get to Skype that often (especially with the shitty internet), but when we do, it has always been nice. It was a great start of the day. I then went to the office, to work for about 2 hours and went straight to Puerto Viejo after that!

I had such a good day of surfing today. We found a great little area with a very simple beach break. We hired big boards again for about 3 hours and had a blast. It didn’t take any effort at all, unlike the previous times. It was ideal. The perfect Sunday. πŸ™‚

It’s also the second to last Sunday in Costa Rica for me. I’ve only got 12 days left in this country, until I fly back HOME. I’m looking forward to that as well. I first get to enjoy an amazing holiday with my girlfriend, and will then try to focus on my goals for 2015. These goals are: record my music, run a marathon and successfully finish the traineeship. Hopefully I will succeed in all three of them.

In other news: my girlfriend has her final exam of her first year in uni on Wednesday. If she makes it, she will progress. I really hope she does.. It’s going to be exciting.

Anyway, I’m going to sleep now. What a great day it was. I hope next week will be this great as well, and that the time will pass quickly!

Bye bye πŸ™‚
Positive factorsSurfing, Relationship, Relaxing
Negative factors

Before I explain what was going on here, let me cover some of the context. I was working on a project in Costa Rica as an engineer for about 2 months. The job was tough. I was working about 80 hours a week, and theoretically had no days off. The job was definitely challenging for me, as it was eating all of my time.

I have covered this period in more detail in the Monthly Happiness Reports, which you can read via the links below:

Anyway, I was back in another Long Distance Relationship with my girlfriend. At the time, we already had quite some experience on that front. I had spent almost half a year in New Zealand and almost 2 months in Kuwait before. We knew what to expect from this next period apart. Our relationship was doing pretty well. We Skyped frequently despite the time difference, and we communicated well enough. Sure, it was challenging, but nothing really out of the ordinary. Skyping with my girlfriend was a perfect start of the day. It was the first thing that made me happy!

“Skyping with my girlfriend again was a perfect start of the day”

After Skyping, I headed to the office to do my weekly reporting. I needed to do these things in Sunday, but it was luckily all I had to do. I was usually finished within 2 hours, and this day was no different. When you’re used to working >12 hours a day, these minor office hours of reporting are almost enjoyable. I didn’t really mind doing it, because I knew I was going to be free for the rest of the day! Lovely!

After work, me and my colleagues headed straight to the wonderful town of Puerto Viejo. It’s a cool, small travelers village, about an hour-drive South of LimΓ³n.

Sunset at puerto viejo, Costa Rica
Sorry for this overfiltered picture, it’s all I have. #nonofilter

Surfing in Costa Rica

We rented some big foam surfboards and drove to a perfect little beach to surf at.

I spent the next 3 hours in the water, catching waves left and right. The length of the break was very big, and there were not a lot of cross currents. Perfect conditions for me, as I still considered myself to be a complete noob!

A couple of these waves were the best ones I ever caught. Even better than the ones I had surfed in New Zealand. I surfed a few of these waves all the way back to the beach, where I was able to just step of my board on the sand. Crazy fun, I tell you.

Anyway, this lasted for 3 hours, after which it was already getting late in the afternoon. We were a bit reluctant to drive back in the dark, but were having too much fun to just pick up our stuff and drive home. We enjoyed the perfect weather on the beach for another hour or so, and then decided to slowly make our way back to LimΓ³n.

Surfing at puerto viejo, Costa Rica

This was actually the second-to-last Sunday in Costa Rica for me. My adventure was already nearing its end.

Even though my happiness remained quite high during my time in Costa Rica, I was looking forward to being home again. Especially the prospect of a wonderful holiday with my girlfriend in July made me smile from ear to ear!

“I still regard this to be one of the best days during my short career abroad”

Nonetheless, this day was one of the highlights from my time in Costa Rica. Life was not going to get any better for me here. As I’m writing this post, I still regard this to be one of the best days during my short carreer abroad.

And with that said, I will end this post here. I hope this helps you better understand how I have been tracking my happiness throughout the years. If this inspires or interests you in any way, feel free to contact me or leave a comment below!


Good days: In the β€˜Good days’ post series, I will highlight some of the best days of my life. Not just any days, but the days where I tracked the highest happiness ratings. I will detail some of the journal entries and happiness ratings on specific above-average days. The goal of this series is to show you how exactly I am tracking my happiness. In a best case scenario, it inspires you to determine the added value of tracking happiness and therefore start for yourself.


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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