Here's a mystery. We spend a huge amount of time with TV. Watching TV is probably the world's most popular pastime and is the greatest use of time, after sleeping and work. In the United States, people spend more than four hours a day watching TV. Watching great television can be an enormous source of pleasure. Yet, often, channel surfing becomes a default activity that doesn't add a lot to our happiness-yet we persist in watching, nevertheless.
So how does TV fit into happiness? To answer that question, I had to break "fun" into three types:
1. challenging fun
2. accommodating fun
3. relaxing fun
Challenging fun is the most rewarding, and the most demanding.
Learning to play golf is challenging fun. First you have to learn the equipment, the rules, the vocabulary, the motions. You're frustrated. You have to do some errands. It takes a lot of time to get any kind of mastery. But slowly it becomes more fun. You're outside, you're with friends, you're gainingRead More »from Consider the Three Levels of Fun: Challenging, Accommodating, and Relaxing Fun