Make Time for Fun -- Push Yourself to Play

I have a question for everyone -- about FUN. One of the things that surprised me most about my happiness project was that when I resolved to "Find more fun," it wasn't easy for me to figure out what I found fun.

For example, it took me some real self-examination to acknowledge that one of my passions is children's literature. Now my children's literature reading group is one of the great joys of my life.

I'd love to hear about people's experiences about fun. What do you find fun? Is it something a lot of people find fun, like golf, or something more unusual, like cultivating bonsai plants? Did you always know that this activity was fun for you, or did it take a while to figure it out? Am I the only one who has trouble staying in touch with the question: what is fun? Once you've identified your source of fun, how do you make time for it in your life?

Along the same lines, as another happiness-project experiment in the area of fun, I thought I'd try starting a collection. My mother has several collections, and they are a tremendous source of fun for her (also me, because a few times, she's given me her collections -- like her magnificent Halloween decorations). But it was hard for me to figure out what to collect. In the end, I chose blue birds, because I like them and because the blue bird is a symbol for happiness.

My understanding of fun increased dramatically when I realized one of my most important Secrets of Adulthood: "What's fun for other people may not be fun for you -- and vice versa." For example, activities that many people find fun that I don't find fun: skiing, drinking wine, doing crossword puzzles, shopping, going to concerts, cooking...