Gretchen Rubin

Secret of Adulthood: Enthusiasm Makes Difficult Tasks Easy.

Secret of Adulthood: Enthusiasm Makes Difficult Tasks Easy.

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The more I think about happiness, the more I value enthusiasm.

Enthusiasm is a form of social courage -- it's safer to criticize and scoff than to praise and embrace -- and I've decided that I'd rather be "enthusiastic" than "confident."

I have a patron saint for enthusiasm. Can you guess it? Julia Child! (This post about Julia Child may be one of my favorite posts ever.)

It can seem cooler and smarter to be ironic, detached, or critical, and it’s certainly much easier and safer to adopt that sort of stance. But enthusiasm is more fun. Enthusiasm is generous, positive, energetic, and social. It’s outward-turning and engaged. It’s unselfconscious, warm-hearted, and kind of goofy. Like Julia Child!

Also, enthusiasm makes difficult tasks easy. One interesting question for self-knowledge is: What do you memorize without effort? That tells you something important about yourself. Do you effortlessly remember sports scores, song lyrics, scientific facts, vocabulary words, recipes, details about friends' lives?

When I feel enthusiastic about some undertaking, it comes so, so, so much more easily to me. For instance, writing. My husband is great at writing, but I'm a writer, and he's not -- because I have endless enthusiasm for writing and revising, and he doesn't.

How about you? Do you find that enthusiasm makes an otherwise difficult task easy?

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