A typology of joyful pursuits?
February 27, 2014 8:47 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for resources to help better understand the different types of activities that bring people joy and meaning.
posted by figgy_finicky to Religion & Philosophy (9 answers total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
I can best explain what I mean with examples:
I feel most spirited when engaged in some communal activity (group singing, or a big festive meal); I have one friend who, clearly, comes alive when 'doing science' or exploring some new idea in a challenging conversation; another friend seems to light up most when giving to or helping others; sometimes I'll see a musician or other performer 'come into themselves' while doing their thing. It's great to feel this way, and fun to see it in others.
I'd like to understand and nourish joy-making in myself and others. Has anything been written about different 'categories' of meaningful activity? Or how different personalities are best engaged and brought to life?
I'm open to any and all recommendations: book or article, psychology, philosophy, or new agey woo. I'm sort of a categories person, but if the question is best answered with resources that have a looser approach, that's OK too.