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 it’s fun.
2. Accommodating fun. A family trip to the zoo or plans with friends can be accommodating fun. You’re strengthening relationships, you’re building memories, you’re having fun—but you’re accommodating a lot of people.
3. Relaxing fun. It’s practically effortless. You don’t have to hone skills or take much action. There’s 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 they’re sources of those elements that make people happiest: strong personal bonds, mastery, an atmosphere of growth.