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My Happiness Report and How To Be Happier

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About six months ago I watched the video below and I decided to try Track Your Happiness:

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Track Your is a new scientific research project that aims to use modern technology to help answer this age-old question. Using this site in conjunction with your iPhone, you can systematically track your happiness and find out what factors – for you personally – are associated with greater happiness. Your responses, along with those from other users of, will also help us learn more about the causes and correlates of happiness.

(From: About – Track Your Happiness, last accessed: Saturday 19th April 2014)

Fifty times I was sent emails with a link to a questionnaire about my current state of happiness. First it collated what day it was (I think collating the time would have also been useful), asked where I was, asked what I was doing and whether I had to do or wanted to do what I was doing. Here were my results:


Happiness Report – Weekday


Happiness Report – Location


Happiness Report – Activity


Happiness Report – Want to or Have to do what I’m doing?

Then I was asked about how focused I was feeling and how productive I was being. Here were my results:


Happiness Report – How Focused am I?


Happiness Report – My Productivity

Then I was asked about the amount of sleep I had got the night before, along with the quality. At the time I wasn’t sleeping well. Here were the results:


Happiness Report – Amount of Sleep


Happiness Report – Quality of Sleep

There are a few human errors in this data. This was because on a few occasions, I checked the wrong box or clicked the wrong ratio button and clicked the next question button, before realising the error (a Back button would have been useful and eliminated these human errors).

In terms of data analysis a flaw is that the data is self-reported. That said, I don’t know how else you could measure something that’s as subjective as happiness is.

I really enjoyed taking part in this study and I found the data interesting. Some of the data I already knew – such as the amount & quality of sleep I was getting, but some of the data surprised me – such as how much time I was doing different activities.

The most surprising realisation for me was that the more I thought about happiness, the happier I became. So if you want to be happier, try thinking about happiness more and consider Tracking Your Happiness.

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Congratulations to Jude Winner of the Rip It Up Giveaway

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rip-it-up-book-cover-richard-wiseman Congratulations to Jude, winner of a copy of Rip It Up by Richard Wiseman. Your details have been passed on to the people at Total Media.

I’ve started reading Rip It Up and will be reviewing it soon. I can tell you that so far it’s fantastic and I’m starting to experiment with some of the idea’s in this unique self-help book.

Jude was selected completely at random; the names of all people that entered into List Radomizer @ and then the Randomiser selected Jude’s name completely at random. See the images below – you can click on the images to see full size:

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Book Giveaway: Rip It Up by Richard Wiseman

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rip-it-up-book-cover-richard-wiseman The kind people at Total Media are offering one lucky reader a chance to win a copy of Richard Wiseman’s latest book Rip It Up.

We all love a good self-help book but Rip It Up is unique for two reasons. First and most importantly is it’s approach is to change behaviour rather than thoughts. Most self-help books focus on changing the way you think – but there’s decades of research that show if you make small changes to your behaviour it effects the way that you think.

Secondly, it’s written by Richard Wiseman a Professor for the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. Richard has researched what really makes people change and transform their lives, so his book is evidence-based rather than being another self-help book that’s wooly with vague references to research.

Here’s a video interview with Richard Wiseman, in which he tells you more about Rip It Up:

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Rip It Up covers: How to be Happy, Attraction & Relationships, Mental Health (phobias, anxiety & depression), Willpower, Persuasion, and Creating a New You. You can learn more about the book on the Rip It Up website or Amazon.

To be in with a chance of winning simply email me or post a comment asking me to be put into the draw.

The deadline is Thursday 25th July 2013 @ 17:00. The winner will be completely randomly selected by myself, notified through email and I’ll post the name of the winner on the blog. You’ll need to check your email on the Thursday evening, as I will need your address so that the people at Total Media can send it out to you.

Good Luck!


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