They say time flies when you're happy. I can't believe we're already past 1/4ths of 2019. March has flown by in the blink of an eye. What does that mean?
It means that March was a pretty good month for me! I was happy, even though nothing extraordinary happened. It's why I call this Monthly Happiness Journal "Uneventful Happy March"!
My average happiness rating was 7.87, which I consider being very good.
This average happiness rating alone doesn't really mean that much, though. I've tracked my happiness every day throughout March 2019. Let's have a look at the daily happiness ratings!
The chart below visualizes exactly what my happiness ratings looked like throughout the month. As usual, I have added some comments to this chart to add context.
Except for a small dip around the 12th, March was a very consistent month. I really enjoyed the quiet weekends and focused on relaxing as much as possible.
The month started with a couple of busy days at work. I had a big deadline due, which required me to work in stressful conditions, but this project was finished on the 5th of March. As soon as the deadline was reached, I shut down my laptop and enjoyed the rest of the day. I rated that day with an 8.25 on my happiness scale. Here's what I wrote about it in my happiness journal:
A great day! Spent the day at work firing on all cilinders. It was busy, but we finished everything on time. This big tender is now finished and submitted, and it's just a matter of waiting for the results now. Exciting times!
I was home early, at 16:30, so I immediately went for a long run. And it was SOOOO great. Absolutely fantastic. I ran 14 kilometers through the woods, with an average speed of 11.5 km/hr. It went great, which is much needed since I have to run the marathon in a couple of weeks already! I hope I'll make it to the finish.
After my run, I just had a relaxing evening. My girlfriend wasn't home, so I just relaxed by myself: playing guitar, gaming and working on my website with the Champions League on the television.
Speaking of which, Ajax Amsterdam crushed Real Madrid. It was one of the best matches I've ever seen. It wasn't as good as the final game of Feyenoord in 2017, or the Netherlands vs Spain the group stage of the 2014 WC, but it was still amazing.
It's getting late now so I'm off to bed. What a great day!
This is a great example of what a great weekday looks like for me. With the weather slowly getting better and better, I'm starting to enjoy my runs much more. This is a big positive factor for my happiness!
Before continuing, let's have a look at what factors influenced my happiness in March.
The table below shows all the happiness factors that influenced my happiness during this month.
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March continued to be a happy month after that first streak of happy days. My work was relatively quiet, which was amazing after having had a very stressful start of the year. I didn't have to worry about a lot of deadlines anymore, which freed up my mind to enjoy my simple and quiet life much more!
A small fever
Around the 12th of March, I noticed a little fever coming up. It was nothing major, but this caused a bit of a dip in my productivity and fitness, and thus my happiness.
You can clearly see how this small fever influenced my happiness on the 14th, which I rated with a 7.00.
Worked from home today. I'm a little feverish, so I didn't do a whole lot actually. Continued writing a report and checked some emails, but that's about it. Not a lot of work...
This non-productivity continued when my girlfriend got home. We just did a whole lot of nothing. Played some games and Netflixed for a while, but nothing special.
But I don't think this is something bad, actually. Especially after the intense start of the year, I think this "break" might not even be that bad. Hell, at the start of this year, I was dreaming about days like this. So even though I'm a little bored and unproductive, I'm not too worried.
Back to normal
I soon recovered from this fever after plenty of sleep, after which I enjoyed nothing but happy days for the rest of the month.
Here's another example from my happiness journal. I wrote the following on the 18th of March, which I rated with an 8.25 on my happiness scale.
Had a great day! At work, everything is back to normal. No more extraordinary deadlines, and as a result, I didn't do all that much. It's great to experience these days again.
This evening was really nice as well. My girlfriend and I went squashing, which was fun. After squashing, I ran back home (8km) which went alright. The remainder of the evening was just relaxing together. Tracking Happiness is continiously growing as well, which I'm really excited about.
In other news, the Netherlands is in shock due to a shooting in Utrecht. It's a sad day for the country...
Went to bed relatively early again. Good day!
You can see from the chart of my daily happiness ratings that I enjoyed the weekend days the most in March! That's because I filled my weekends with the things I love to do:
- Spending quality time with my girlfriend
- Enjoying the beautiful weather by walking through the woods
- Spending time with my friends
These things are all things that I know make me happy.
Oh, and I also got to enjoy a nice cold beer in the sun with my girlfriend. How could I ever be unhappy in a setting like this?
The last weekend of March was exceptionally great. It may have been the best weekend of 2019 so far. This is what I wrote about that weekend in my happiness journal on Sunday:
This weekend was just AWESOME. I haven't written about Saturday yet, so let me fill you in:
Saturday started nice and easy: I slept in late and then immediately went for a long walk through our city. The weather was beautiful, so my girlfriend and I ended up sitting outside at a restaurant enjoying a cold beer together. It was fantastic.
My girlfriend left for the afternoon, so I spent the rest of the day playing guitar on the balcony, playing some videogames and working on my website. I also went for another 14 kilometer run, which went pretty well. Running through the forest is so extremely relaxing. It's the best therapy that my mind can get. Went to bed relatively early again, which I'm liking because I feel much less tired there days when compared to 2018.
Today might have been an ever better day! It was pretty much identical to Saturday. I slept in late again (a little later even!) and went for a walk through the forest again with my girlfriend. We ended up walking more than 10 kilometers. Nice!
Tracking Happiness is still progressing very nicely. I'm about to host another guest post by a complete stranger on the internet, which is just further proof to me that the idea of Tracking Happiness can become much bigger! I'm really excited about that!
I took my girlfriend out to dinner tonight, at a great sushi restaurant. I always love spending time like this with my girlfriend, and this time was no different. I feel very happy at the moment, and I'm hoping this will only continue.
If it were up to me, I would love to be this happy for the rest of my life. Even though my life is not extraordinary or super exciting, I'm perfectly happy with it.
There are a number of positive happiness factors that are critical to my happiness. Let's have a look at some of those.
Positive happiness factors
The chart below shows all the positive happiness factors of March.
See how the top performing happiness factors are not that special in their own right?
I mean, some people would consider spending the entire weekend in the forest with your girlfriend as boring or unexciting. But not me!
I would much rather do this than to spend my time going to parties or festivals.
That said, I did spend a whole day mountain biking with my friends in March, which some would call "exciting"!
The remainder of my happiness factors are all pretty ordinary. But I'm more than happy with that! As I said, that's why I call this happiness journal update "Uneventful Happy March".
Negative happiness factors
The chart below shows all the negative happiness factors of March 2019.
I don't think there's any point to further discussing these! Not for now at least.
I know that eternal happiness does not exist. I can't be happy every day, so I'm not too bothered about the small number of things that had a negative effect on my happiness.
I was tired on some days, and my small fever obviously didn't help. But overall, I am not worried about this small amount of negativity in my life!
In fact, I wouldn't mind it so much if April is gonna turn out the same!
I hope these posts give you a general idea of what tracking happiness means to me. Because I'm tracking my happiness ratings and factors every single day, I am fully aware of what I need to do in order to become as happy as I can be. With that said, I hope I can somehow inspire you to also start tracking your happiness. 🙂
If you have any questions about anything, please let me know in the comments below, and I'll be happy to answer you!