Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


Which Kind of Collector Are You: Aim to Complete, or Yearn to Possess?

January 24th, 2015

Episode 25 of 371 episodes

“Collectors are basically of two kinds; those who aim at completing a series, and those who long to possess things that have bewitched them. The former, of whom stamp and coin collectors are the obvious examples, enjoy the pleasures of a limited aim, and its comforting certainties. The latter may suffer ups and downs, changes of heart and deceptions, but they have several great advantages. They never know when some new love will inflame them; they learn a great deal more about themselves from their possessions; and in the end they are surrounded by old friends, with long love stories which they must try hard not to tell their friends.” –Kenneth Clarke, Another Part of the Wood In both The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, I write about collections — the happiness that they give some people, and why, and my own desire to enjoy that kind of satisfaction. Do you collect anything — if so, what do you collect? Are you the first kind, or the second kind?