Ashish Mukharji on Three Years of Tracking Happiness

In this wonderful talk from the Bay Area Quantified Self Show&Tell meeting, Ashish Mukharji, author of Run Barefoot, Run Healthy, describes doing three years of continuous happiness tracking, using a single number.

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11 Responses to Ashish Mukharji on Three Years of Tracking Happiness

  1. Kate says:

    I loved this talk. I probably tell someone about it at least once a day. Funny thing is, when I ask What do you think was the number one factor that negatively influenced his happiness? everyone has a different answer! Ashish’s answer, lack of sleep, COMPLETELY resonated for ME. But I think the questions really gets people thinking about what resonates for them! Fascinating and fun.

  2. Belinda says:

    I love how Ashish focuses on intuition and reflection in the act of happiness tracking and didn’t get too hung up with the numbers. I created urWell, an iPhone app for tracking overall wellness, with a similar intent to help people pay attention to aspect of their lifestyle contribute to their overall wellness. I’m definitely going to add a happiness focus area now!

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  4. Loral says:

    This is really interesting! Is their any way to get a copy of the metrics Ashish tracked on the spreadsheet?

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  9. Ashish,

    Really enjoyed your talk. With Expereal, I’ve been trying to attack the same challenge. I’m releasing a version, 3.0, in a few weeks that will allow data export…at long last…based on requests from a few people in the community.

    Interestingly, averaging everyone’s data ratings (taking daily averages of all, and then averaging them for a month), the monthly averages have been hovering very close to a 6 +/-. You mentioned you were at a 7. It’s made me wonder whether our emotional resiliency to good and bad events – as discussed by Daniel Gilbert – might result in this relatively low amplitude.

    In any case, cool insights. Thank you!

    -Jonathan
    about.me/jonathancohen

  10. For anyone interested, the data export version of Expereal has just been released in the App Store. Makes this type of tracking very easy:

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/expereal/id571041935?mt=8

    Any questions, please write me: jonathan@expereal.com

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