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Tracking Happiness

Friday, April 26, 2013

I signed up for the happiness survey that KALIGIRL blogged about, and am now 58% complete, with 29 samples. I don't have screen prints for y'all, having some technology issues here at home, but the partial results have been instructive.

One thing I have observed that they don't ask about is "How irritated are you that I interrupted to ask just now?" I found THAT happening particularly when I was truly in the middle of stuff. I also found that even the act of making me THINK about whether I was happy could affect my happiness, either as a positive or a negative!

That said, some interesting bits: the most unhappy I got was about 50% (i.e. neutral), and that was on a hurried break, getting coffee before a work meeting I was feeling anxious about. Apparently when I feel anxious I don't consider myself happy.

As for happiness and "what are you doing?" That showed that I reported less than 100% during mostly working activities, reporting specific ones that it irritated me I was being asked right now, but some were genuine I wasn't feeling wonderful doing what I was doing. "In a meeting" was one of my lower ones... but even my lower ones were more than 75% towards extremely happy.

Interesting observation on the samples: I dipped to my least happy (about 75%) on Wednesdays, Thursday (82%) and Friday (80%)... showing I was getting worn down as a work week progressed. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday were 100% days!

The times they asked whether I have to, want to, or both have to and want to do whatever it is I'm doing? Interestingly, I'm happiest when I both have to and want to... can we say "responsible adult"?

Level of focus or where I was (home, work, in a car, somewhere else)... didn't seem to have an impact. I was pretty happy focussed or not, and the two lower ratings of happiness, I was 100% focused.

I was 100% happy outside... every time! Alone or with people, didn't seem to matter, came out about the same. Size of number of people interacting with... slightly happier with just one, but pretty happy both. As for WHO talking with... my lowest ones (about 90%) were work folks (boss or coworkers).

Productivity was VERY interesting: my lowest ratings of happiness were when I was NEUTRAL level of productivity, neither completely unproductive (I was 100% happy then, nor highly productive (I was much happier then).

I told Becky last weekend I didn't think I'd find any surprises in this survey... but now, I'm not so sure.

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WATERMELLEN 4/28/2013 8:48PM

    Signed up to try out "Tracking Happiness" given both you and KALIGIRL recommend it (good enough for me!!) but gotta say lasted only about 2 days -- ironically, I found it intrusive (number of surveys plus timing plus nature of ahem some of the questions, really?????) and that made me cranky!! A pretty unusual state of mind for me!

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MSLZZY 4/27/2013 7:42PM

    I need to check this out. Catch up with you later.

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KALIGIRL 4/27/2013 7:20PM

    Cool - haven't double checked mine - will need to.
Missed both calls today - 1st one was when we were 'spa' shopping - thinking about a hot tub for these aches and pains and second was when we were outside bringing down some tree limbs and cleaning up afterwards - definitely a workout day...
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OVERWORKEDJANET 4/27/2013 7:14AM

    I signed up...we'll see what happens!

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_LINDA 4/27/2013 2:02AM

    Its nice to see you are happy and content with the important htings in your life, especially that high stress job of yours! Wish I had the time to check this out. I am just too plodding on the computer and its all I can do to keep up with Sparking.

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MEDDYPEDDY 4/26/2013 11:38PM

    Interesting, will have to check that survey out! Thanks for sharing!

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DALID414 4/26/2013 9:12PM

    I'm all signed up! Thanks for sharing, I'm a sucker for surveys!

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PATRICIAAK 4/26/2013 7:38PM

    I knew you're happy and didn't need a survey to access it.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/26/2013 2:36PM

    Interesting survey! HUGS

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SLENDERELLA61 4/26/2013 12:45PM

    Wow! Didn't know you could track happiness, but yes, it makes sense. Thanks for sharing. I'm glad you are that happy. Very good! I'm betting you will love, love, love retirement!! -Marsha

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KASEYCOFF 4/26/2013 10:21AM

    Just off the top of my head, I'd think that putting the spotlight on your personal "happiness meter" in different situations opens the door to upping your overall happiness quotient. When we deliberately focus on the-glass-is-half-full, we can find ways to adjust the (generally self-imposed) filters to improve positive feelings. And to then see just what rippling effects such perspective can have on other (all) areas of our lives is a real eye-opener.

Mindfulness is a wonderful thing, ain't? Now, I'm going to go check out the link - thanx, Barb!
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p.s. "https://www.trackyourhappiness.org
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