Tag: mood


Ellis Bartholomeus: Draw a Face a Day

July 6, 2016

Ellis Bartholomeus has many of the standard self-tracking tools like pedometers, heart rate monitors, and eeg sensors. But she explored a different type of tool when a friend gave her a logbook with a place to record her daily mood by drawing a smiley or frowny face on a colored circle. Although it initially felt like…


Jon Cousins: Why I Weighed My Whiskers

February 23, 2016

Jon Cousins has given wonderful show&tell talks on mood tracking. Like most methods for measuring mood, his process involves a subjective assessment of his well being. But what if there was a physical measurement related to mood that doesn’t involve blood work? Inspired by an anecdote about a man’s beard growth while working on a…


Re-Living My Life with Mood Tracking by Kouris Kalligas

January 8, 2016

Kouris Kalligas, a long time participant and contributor at Quantified Self meetings, is the creator of the very easy to use data aggregation service AddApp. AddApp is an iPhone app that makes it simple to gain insights from data gathered on dozens of different devices. While running his startup, Kouris has also been doing ongoing self-tracking experiments….


QSEU15 Preview: Ellis Bartholomeus on Doodling Mood

August 21, 2015

In just four short weeks we’ll be kicking off the 2015 Quantified Self Europe Conference, and we are so excited to hear from old friends, learn from new members, and interact with some wonderful toolmakers. It’s going to be a great time. As you may know, we build our conference programs from the ground up…


Benjamin Bolland: What I Learned from Emotion Tracking

November 13, 2014

“How can I define what makes me happy and what makes me sad, what is good for me?” In 2012 Benjamin Bolland was finishing up his undergraduate degree and working on a new start-up. He found that his moods were constantly changing and wondered if there was something he could do to make sense of…


QSEU14 Breakout: Tracking Grief and Mood

June 12, 2014

Today’s post comes to us from Dana Greenfield. We asked Dana and the great QS scholar and thinker, Whitney Erin Boesel, to lead a breakout session on tracking grief and mood at the 2014 Quantified Self Europe Conference. Mood tracking is common in the QS community, and both Dana and Whitney have extensive experiences attempting to…


Dana Greenfield on Leaning Into Grief

May 29, 2014

When we host our Quantified Self Conferences we put a lot of effort into our plenary sessions. Those sessions open and close each day and they’re the only time that all the attendees are together to listen and learn from speakers and presenters. Our opening plenary is especially important to us. It sets the stage…


Katrina Rodzon on Celiac Discovery

February 6, 2014

Katrina Rodzon thought she was a relatively healthy person until she realized that seemingly disconnected symptoms pointed towards something real, a gluten intolerance. She took this hunch and decided to test it out using a simple elimination diet along with tracking her weight and subjective bloating and mood ratings. Watch her great talk from our…


Konstantin Augemberg on Tracking Happiness

April 15, 2013

How can I lead a happier life? I’m sure this is something we’ve all asked ourselves. Maybe it was during a turn through doldrums or maybe you asked yourself how you could sustain your happiness during a moment of joy. Whatever the case happiness, and by extension mood tracking, has been at the forefront of engaging in…


Mood Sharing and Experimentation (Get Your Mood On: Part 5)

February 3, 2013

Welcome to part 5 of the QS book on mood tracking that Robin Barooah and I wrote. This chapter has some tips that we’ve found helpful for getting started with mood tracking. Enjoy! — Once you’ve been tracking mood for a while, and have a good baseline established, it’s time to play. What if you could influence…


DIY Mood Tracking (Get Your Mood On: Part 4)

January 25, 2013

Welcome to part 4 of the QS book on mood tracking that Robin Barooah and I wrote. This chapter has some tips that we’ve found helpful for getting started with mood tracking. Enjoy! — The excitement of starting a tracking project can lead to a classic newbie behavior of tracking too many things at once. This can…


How To Measure Mood Using Quantified Self Tools

January 17, 2013

Here is a brief roundup of some of the things we’ve either collected or written about tracking mood since we first started paying attention to mood tracking back in 2008. Get Your Mood On Alex Carmichael and Robin Barooah have recently completed work on an excellent book detailing their experiences and knowledge gained from years of…


How Is Mood Measured? (Get Your Mood On: Part 2)

December 16, 2012

Welcome to part 2 of the QS book on mood tracking that Robin Barooah and I wrote. This chapter walks through the various ways of measuring mood. Please enjoy, and share anything we’ve missed in the comments! — How Is Mood Measured? When someone asks you how you’re feeling, how do you reply? With a…


Get Your Mood On: Part 1

December 9, 2012

If you’re curious about mood tracking, you’re in for a treat. Robin Barooah and I have written a book compiling our knowledge and experiences of mood tracking, and we’ll be posting chapters of the book here for your enjoyment and feedback. Without further ado, here is the introduction! — Alex’s story: I can honestly say…


Quick and Reliable Mood Measurement

October 26, 2012

Sami Inkinen, triathalete, self-quantifier, and founder of Trulia, measures his mood on a five point scale every morning, within five minutes of waking up. This method fascinates me. I do something similar (though I use only a three point scale). Sami has found that this quick and easy measurement reliably correlates with his athletic performance,…


Toolmaker Talk: Jonathan Cohen (Expereal)

October 16, 2012

“How do you feel right now?” Such a short question can lead us toward profound insights into our lives. But how do we ask ourselves that question? How do we keep track of our answers? There are many different ideas out there about how to tackle this seemingly simple question. Many of them focus on…


Evan Savage on Panic Tracking

July 17, 2012

Evan Savage has panic attacks, especially triggered by caffeine while driving. In late 2011, he was having multiple panic attacks a week. He didn’t want to take drugs, so he made his own recovery plan – logging his food, exercise, and panic attacks. He eliminated caffeine, and thought he had recovered, then relapsed. In the…