Quantifying Happiness — by listing 3 positive things per day

The exercise

Categorising the results

  • Family
  • Food & Drink
  • Gaming
  • Health & Fitness
  • Money (saving)
  • My newborn child
  • My wife
  • Other
  • Outdoors
  • Personal Progression
  • Productivity
  • Socialising
  • Tesla
  • Work
  1. Part-way through the experiment I bought a Tesla, and am a massive Tesla geek. Unsurprisingly, this had an impact
  2. Also part-way through the experiment, my first child was born. Again, this had an impact. More of an impact than the Tesla? Well, I like to refer to them both as my babies, and one of them is much quieter than the other
  3. These categories were decided after the experiment rather than before, as I really had no idea what would end up in this list beforehand

The results

Did the experiment help or change anything?

Unexpected bonus: Looking back at your happy moments



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Duncan McArdle

Duncan McArdle


Full-stack software developer from the UK, author of the Aftermath book series, full time tech-nerd.