My First Marathon – Good Day – October 11th, 2015

My First Marathon – Good Day – October 11th, 2015

I ran my first marathon in October, 2015. It was everything I had expected be, and then some. I was overwhelmed by everything: my emotions, the pain, the proudness, the joy, everything really. But above all, it was a fantastic experience. I have tracked my happiness on the day of the run, and also recorded my happiness ratings throughout the marathon itself. Therefore, I’m able to show you exactly how I felt during and after the marathon. I want to…

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Can Money Buy Happiness? – Happiness Through Money: Part 1

Can Money Buy Happiness? – Happiness Through Money: Part 1

Abstract I have analysed over 150 weeks of compiled personal data to answer one of the most frequently asked questions of all time: can money buy happiness? The answer is yes, money can definitely buy happiness, but certainly not unconditionally. We should all try to spend money mostly on things that will have a positive result on our happiness. After tracking and analyising my data, I have found that certain expense categories are more directly correlated to my happiness than…

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Gaming For Happiness – Monthly Happiness Report – October, 2015

Gaming For Happiness – Monthly Happiness Report – October, 2015

Welcome to the second month of my ‘Relationship hell’! Time for another monthly happiness report, October 2015. During this month, I was still trying to figure out how this new long distance relationship was working. My job was also quite dull and frustrating. As a result, my happiness was going up and down like a roller coaster again. Luckily, I made some great decisions in this month, which I will explain further ahead. My happiness would have been a lot…

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My Runner’s High – Good Day – September 21st, 2015

My Runner’s High – Good Day – September 21st, 2015

Time for another ‘Good Day’ post! This post will cover the 21st of September, 2015. I was living in the Netherlands at the time, while my girlfriend was temporarily living in Australia as part of her internship abroad. It was the start of a period I now call ‘relationship hell’. It was a pretty difficult time. Luckily, I was able to find happiness in running long distances. I had signed up for my first marathon ever 2 weeks earlier, and…

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My First LONG Distance Relationship – Monthly Happiness Report – September, 2015

My First LONG Distance Relationship – Monthly Happiness Report – September, 2015

Another month means another Monthly Happiness Report. September 2015 was the first real month without my girlfriend. She had just left for a 5 month internship to the other side of the world, and I found myself having trouble adjusting to a life without her in the Netherlands. I also signed up for my very first marathon. I want to show you how these circumstances influenced my happiness! Below table shows the average happiness ratings in September, 2015. You can…

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Finishing The Traineeship – Monthly Happiness Report – August, 2015

Finishing The Traineeship – Monthly Happiness Report – August, 2015

Hi again! 🙂 It’s time for another Monthly Happiness Report. After an amazing holiday in Croatia, I continued tracking my happiness as I was finishing the traineeship I had started a year ago. My girlfriend and I also had to prepare for yet another long distance relationship period. Never a boring day, right? Anyway, let’s get started. Below table shows the average happiness ratings in August, 2015. So my happiness was still very high in August. Let’s have a look at…

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Camping in Croatia – Monthly Happiness Report – July, 2015

Camping in Croatia – Monthly Happiness Report – July, 2015

Hey there! Welcome to yet another Monthly Happiness Report. I finished my adventure on a project in Costa Rica in July, 2015, after which I went on a lovely holiday to Croatia with my girlfriend. It was one of the best months of the year for me. Let me show you why! Below table shows the average happiness ratings in July, 2015. At the start of July, 2015, I had already spent 2 months in Costa Rica, working my ass…

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

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

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…

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Kicking Ass In Costa Rica – Monthly Happiness Report – June, 2015

Kicking Ass In Costa Rica – Monthly Happiness Report – June, 2015

Welcome to my first full month in Costa Rica. Or should I say: Bienvenido a mi primer mes completo en Costa Rica? I was working full time, total madness, crazy weeks again, just like I had before in Kuwait. But was I feeling just as miserable again? Hell no! The end of the previous month saw me adjusting my routine to the things that I knew made me happy. I developed a sacred exercise routine and prioritised my amount of…

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New Adventure In Costa Rica – Monthly Happiness Report – May, 2015

New Adventure In Costa Rica – Monthly Happiness Report – May, 2015

Welcome to May, the best month of the year. Or at least, that’s what I think. It was actually my happiest month of the year at the time, but more on that later. 🙂 In May, I finally saw the high happiness ratings that I enjoyed so much during the previous year. I also got to prepare for another 2 months of work on a project abroad, which started near the end of the month. I traveled to Costa Rica…

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