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Track Your Happiness

Somewhere during my deep dive into self-quantifying, I got hooked up with Track Your Happiness. Apparently it's some Harvard guy's doctoral research project. Every six months or I get a series of 50 happiness surveys, three per day at random times.

Each survey takes about a minute to complete. They all start out "How do you feel?" with a bad-to-good slider. Most of them include questions about what you're doing, whether you have to do it, and whether you want to do it.

They ask about sleep duration and quality the previous night. Where are you? Alone or in company? (And if alone, interacting with anyone--a distinction I appreciate.) Occasionally they'll pop in a question about sexual activity, or Facebook use, or hours of exercise in the past week, or how much control you feel like you have over your future.

You get personal results as a series of charts and graphs. (Presumably there will be mass, collective results at some future time.) I just finished my fourth survey.

Here's a sample of my happiness by location, over the four surveys.

Happiness Graph by activity

Happiness Graph by activity 2012-04

Happiness Graph by activity 2012-11

Happiness Graph by activity 2013-03

Additionally, it seems that I'm happiest when I'm doing something that I want to do but don't have to do. When I'm either totally focused or not at all focused on what I'm doing. When I'm alone (though that just reflects that I'm a pretty happy person and also alone most of the time).

Doing 1

I must have been in a period of creative angst there...

Crossposted from Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.


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Mar. 6th, 2013 10:16 pm (UTC)
I do this too, I think you were the one who told me about it the first place? I'm not as good at answering as I should be bit it is interesting.
Mar. 6th, 2013 10:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, cool!

I've gotten pretty quick (not to say flip) at answering the surveys, especially since I started having them text me instead of emailing.

One thing that's really emerging for me from this larger set of data is that though I'm not usually terribly happy while at work, I'm extremely happy getting to and from it. And with retirement just over the horizon, I'd better give that fact some serious thought.
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