Quiz: What's Your Personality Type -- When It Comes To Having Fun?

For a happier life, you need more fun. Take this quiz to get started.

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The importance of play has becoming increasingly apparent to me. For a happy life at work and at home, it's not enough to have an absence of bad feelings - we also need sources of good feelings.

For many adults, however, it's surprisingly hard to know how to have more fun. If you don't know what to do for fun, a good question to consider is: What did you do for fun when you were ten years old? Because that's probably something you'd enjoy now, whether walking in the woods, playing with your dog, making things with your hands, taking pictures, playing basketball, or dancing around the living room. When I was ten years old, I spent hours copying my favorite quotations into "blank books" and illustrating the passages with pictures I cut from magazines. Exactly what I do on my blog!

Because of my interest in play, I couldn't resist picking up Stuart Brown's Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul.

I was particularly struck by Brown's analysis of the question, "What is your play personality?" He makes clear that these categories aren't scientifically based, but a product of his years of observation.

Where do you fit in these eight personalities?

1. The Joker - makes people laugh, plays practical jokes.

2. The Kinesthete - loves to move, dance, swim, play sports.

3. The Explorer - goes to new places, meets new people, seeks out new experiences (physically or mentally).

4. The Competitor - loves all forms of competition, has fun keeping score.

5. The Director - enjoys planning and executing events and experiences, like throwing parties, organizing outings, and leading.

6. The Collector - loves the thrill of collecting, whether objects or experiences.

7. The Artist/Creator - finds joy in making things, fixing things, decorating, working with his or her hands.

8. The Storyteller - loves to use imagination to create and absorb stories, in novels, movies, plays, performances.

What do you think? Does this accurately capture the different worlds of play?

I found it extremely helpful to see these categories, because it made clear some questions that have long mystified me. How is it possible that some people seem positively to enjoy planning big events? Why don't I enjoy having a collection the way so many people do? Why don't I much like playing cards or board games?

I am #8 through and through, with only a bit of #7. How about you? I wonder if some people have strong appreciation for more than a few categories, or if I'm typical, with a strong inclination for a single category.

Do you see yourself in this scheme? What do you do for play, and where does it fit in here? What play types might be missing?

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Gretchen Rubin is the author of the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, Happier at Home and The Happiness Project--accounts of her experiences test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. On her popular blog, The Happiness Project, www.happiness-project.com, she reports on her daily adventures in pursuit of happiness. Gretchen Rubin is one of the most thought-provoking and influential writers on happiness to have emerged from the recent explosion of interest in the subject. Though her conclusions are sometimes counter-intuitive—for example, she finds that true simplicity is far from simple to attain—her insights resonate with readers of all backgrounds. Response to Rubin’s practical approach to happiness has been overwhelming. Psychiatrists suggest these books to their patients, professors assign them to their students, book groups read them, families pass them around, and groups have sprung up across the world where people do Happiness Projects together. Exhausted parents and college students, senior citizens and professionals, clergy and social workers, and people facing divorce, illness, and drift have written to tell Gretchen Rubin how she’s influenced them. A graduate of Yale and Yale Law School, Rubin started her career in law, and was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer. She has written several books, including three novels safely locked in a desk drawer. But of everything she’s ever written, she says that her one-minute video, The Years Are Short, is the thing that resonates most with people. Rubin is an enthusiastic proponent of using technology to engage with readers about ideas, and she has a wide, active following on social media. “The Happiness Project” was even an answer on the game-show Jeopardy! She loves to connect with readers on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and YouTube—and on her popular daily blog, of course. Gretchen Rubin has a free monthly newsletter which features highlights from the blog and Facebook Page (sign up here) and the free daily “Moment of Happiness” email with a happiness quote every morning (sign up here). If you’re interested in launching a happiness project group, for people doing happiness projects together, you can get the “starter kit” here.

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OOPS! Unless I missed it - - - I could not find "my" personality among the choices. . I spent most of my adult life "being there" for those less fortunate than I am. All of "them" told me the same thing - - - "if you need anything just ask" but when I have asked - - - they are too wrapped up in their own drama. As a result of years of this - - - I find it difficult to open up to people. Where I live there is a variety of people - - - most of them are respectful towards me and I flirt with the women and joke around with a few of the guys. I am pretty much a loner because I stay to myself and only do what I have to. Heck, I don't even remember what "fun" is any more!

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