The Happiness Project

Find Your Own Sense of Renewal

by Gretchen Rubin

To foster a sense of renewal, I’ve realized, it’s important to cultivate a sense of enthusiasm. I want to look forward to the future with anticipation, to get energy from the things I do—to have fun.

One of my Secrets of Adulthood is “What’s fun for other people may not be fun for me—and vice versa.” This sounds simple, but it actually was a huge breakthrough for me. So many things that other people consider “fun” are not fun for me, and it took me an astonishingly long time to realize that. Drinking alcohol, shopping, crossword puzzles…I just don’t enjoy those “fun” activities. Read More


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