What impacted my happiness scores the most in 2023

A deep dive into my time tracking

I track my time 24/7 to see which habits help me lead the most fulfilling life.

Here are my findings so far.

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2023’s happiest months

August and September had the highest happiness scores (8/10 on average).

So I looked at what I spent the most time on in those months.

Time with friends (and also time in the sun - since it was summer) had the most impact on my happiness.

2023’s worst month

My average mood in February was 7.1/10, which wasn’t bad.

But when I looked at the top 3 things I spent my time on, it became obvious why my mood was lower.

I spent 88 hours on social media, averaging to 22 hours per week on my phone.

That’s basically like a part-time job - except I felt like I was wasting time.

When my mood picked up again, it was because I started marathon training in March 2023.

Key takeaways

I already knew this (because of my psychology degree), but these had the greatest impact on my happiness:

  1. Social connection

  2. Time outdoors

Everything else I was doing (eating at my favourite restaurants, goal setting to find my purpose, etc.) didn’t have as much of an impact.

Even if I enjoyed working on a cool project, it didn’t bring me as much fulfillment as a good conversation with friends.

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  • Career goals

  • Life purpose

  • Relationships

  • Self-improvement (boundary-setting, effective communication)

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