Friday, March 02, 2012
1. Challenging fun. This is the most rewarding, but also the most demanding. Learning to play golf or to knit is challenging fun. First you have to learn the equipment, the rules, the vocabulary, the motions, and you have to then practice. But itís fun.
2. Accommodating fun. A family trip to the zoo or plans with friends can be accommodating fun. Youíre strengthening relationships, youíre building memories, youíre having funóbut youíre accommodating a lot of people.
3. Relaxing fun. Itís practically effortless. You donít have to hone skills or take much action. Thereís very little coordination with other people or preparation involved. Sitting by the pool and watching TV are examples of relaxing fun.
Challenging fun and accommodating fun, over the long term, bring more happiness, because theyíre sources of those elements that make people happiest: strong personal bonds, mastery, an atmosphere of growth.