The chapter I'm reading this month from The Happiness Project is all about play and having fun. So for the June goals in my own happiness project, I started thinking about what I like to do for fun. I realized that there are several (and probably even more) types of fun.
1) Some things are fun for what you get out of it. Like reading the classics. Personally, I did not actually enjoy reading Anna Karenina. But I like knowing that I have read it, which makes it fun now. So that's not exactly pure fun; it's more of a fun-because-it's-done kind of fun.
2) Other things are fun as a whole, but may include certain steps that aren't fun. I love having a blog and that is something that is definitely fun for me. But when I'm struggling with good lighting and can't get the exact shot I want, it's frustrating in that moment, instead of fun.
3) And then there's just pure, easy fun. And that is the kind of fun that I want to focus on this month. Things that I want to do just because I want to do them; not because they are beneficial or I feel obligated to do them for any reason.
When I was trying to figure out what things I enjoy purely because they are relaxing or fun, I kept coming back to this quote from The Happiness Project: "What you enjoyed as a ten-year-old is probably something you'd enjoy now." So I thought about that, and I came up with a pretty short list of things I liked doing when I was 10: reading, coloring, cutting pretty things out of magazines, and baking chocolate chip cookies.
And that is how I came up with my "goals" for June:
1. Read books for fun. I have a stack of books that I know I should read, but this month I'm setting those aside for just fun books.
2. Color. I've always found coloring a wonderful stress-reliever, and I think it's because it produces nothing and benefits no one - it's just fun and relaxing. So I want to bust out my old coloring books and crayons.
3. Get back on Pinterest. I haven't been on Pinterest much lately, but I really do enjoy finding pretty things and filing away fun ideas that I find.
4. Try a new chocolate chip cookie recipe. When I was 10 my best friends and I would make chocolate chip cookies all the time. It's refreshing sometimes to make something as simple and basic as chocolate chip cookies.
So what do you do for fun? What did you do for fun when you were a ten-year-old?