In An Amateur’s Guide to the Pursuit of Happiness, I talk about the importance of getting to know yourself as a means to being happier.
This week, study yourself. Make a note in the morning, afternoon, and evening about how you’re feeling physically, emotionally, and physically.
You can use a notepad to record our observations, jot a rating down in your personal calendar, or download an app like Mood Panda. (Cool thing: Mood Panda is free for the iPhone and Android devices, and it creates graphs for you.)
Thanks to modern technology can monitor pretty much everything in some form today. The whole life can be represented in numbers, it is called Quantified Self. There are many iPhone apps that do entirely without the use of additional sensors for this purpose. In addition, all areas of life can not only retain, but also share with others.
There are numerous other applications for self-reported monitoring via apps and text messages that practitioners can access (e.g., “Mood Panda”). These are relatively simple technologies that can be added to existing care, and are often more reliable than other means, such as paper and pencil.
For example, when patients do not track their mood throughout the week, therapists often ask patients to recall their mood over the past week, but these data are typically inaccurate as demonstrated by numerous ecological momentary assessment studies (Shiffman, Stone, & Hufford, 2008)."
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Today's technology allows you to track your health in ways doctors couldn't imagine just a few years ago. This nifty app allows you to track your mood and turns it into graphs that show when you feel happy, sad, stressed, or anything else. It helps you identify and remember why you felt those ways and helps reinforce positive behaviors.