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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits

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Quiz Yourself: What Kind of Play Do You Enjoy?

January 21st, 2015

Episode 22 of 399 episodes

Every Wednesday is Tip Day — or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: Quiz: What’s your personality — for play? As I’ve worked on the subjects of habits and happiness, the importance of play has becoming increasingly apparent to me. For a happy life, it’s not enough to have an absence of bad feelings — we also need sources of good feelings. And to master good habits, we need to feel re-charged and cared for — and nothing is more energizing than having fun. We must have treats! Play is a wonderful kind of treat. For many adults, however, it’s surprisingly hard to know how to have more fun. If you don’t know what to do for fun, a good question to consider is: What did you do for fun when you were ten years old? Because that’s probably something you’d enjoy now, whether walking in the woods, playing with your dog, making things with your hands, taking pictures, playing basketball, or dancing around the living room. When I was ten years old, I spent hours copying my favorite quotations into “blank books” and illustrating the passages with pictures I cut from magazines. Exactly what I do on my blog! Because of ...

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