I’m a pretty happy guy. I like to think myself an optimist and try to always be happy in whatever situation I might find myself in. Overall I think I’m pretty happy, but how do you really know?
How often do you actually think about an analyze how happy you are or what makes you happy? I think like most people you really only think about it when you are at the extremes, either when supremely happy and you get that rare pause where you stop and think how perfect the world is at that very second, or at the other end when you are just having the worst day ever and you wish you could go back to bed because you are miserable. Everywhere in between you may not think about it much or analyze it ever.
That is where trackyourhappiness.org comes in. This is a great site that will send you text messages or emails over a period of time and have you take a short survey on how happy you are. It asks you things like where you are, what you are doings, are there pets around, are you inside or outside etc. It will track all your answers for you and deliver a happiness report back to you that is both fascinating and a great tool to see what makes you happy.
Here are a couple of charts from my most recent happiness report. The chart on the left shows my level of happiness (ranked by me) when doing the following activities. I’m happiest when I’m working on my car project, something I don’t do enough of and (predictably) less happy when I’m doing housework or commuting.
The chart on the right shows that I am much happier at a comedy show than at jury duty. Shocking I know.
This is a great tool. I would never take the time to write down when I’m slightly more happy or what I’m doing at that time. This tool aslo tracks your sleep, productivity, level of focus etc.
And yes I know it sounds a little silly to talk about a happiness report, but why not find out what makes you happy. Why shouldn’t we study this more. I think we should find out what makes us happy and conversely what makes us less happy and find out how to influence those aspects of our life.
Your Truly Simple Action this week is to checkout trackyourhappiness.org and try it out. It’s free, simple, easy to use and delivers information that you can use to live a happier life.
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