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Which of these make you happier: your greatest accomplishment or the most fun time you ever had?

Asked by 6rant6 (13692points) July 8th, 2010

If you can identify what you consider the biggest accomplishment in your life and the best time you ever had, which of those gives you the most satisfaction now?

Just so we can approximately compare, let’s scale down the accomplishment to a few months – so not a college degree for example, or raising children, but perhaps a major project in school or work, or a performance, or a competition, or getting a job, or building something; things like that.

And for the “Good time” maybe a summer, or vacation or a party or when you first fell in love, but not “When I was growing up” or “My college years,” or “My fifth marriage”.

I’m asking because I want to understand whether in retrospect people are made happy by what they’ve accomplished or what fun they’ve had. And I’m trying to scale down the timeframe because otherwise it’s impossible to compare.


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Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Hmm…okay so my greatest accomplishment within the past few months is the sheer number of patients I’ve been able to see per week when compared to same for other navigators across the region…the most fun time I’ve had within the same time frame was when my partner and I went to Philly (w/o the kids) to visit my best friend and to attend the Trans Health Conference…of the two, the latter makes me happier but I can’t articulate why, exactly…I guess because that trip was more spontaneous and we deserved it and because anything I do with my love or kids multiplies the happiness.

YARNLADY's avatar

They are one and the same.

marinelife's avatar

The most fun I’ve ever had. That is to say many fun times exceed my greatest accomplishments in terms of happiness.

Seaofclouds's avatar

Looking back, I get the most satisfaction from the fun times I’ve had. Some of the most fun I’ve had has been while working on an accomplishment, but the actual accomplishment itself does not outshine the fun of getting there.

For example, I’m working on a paper for school right now that my instructor wants to help me get published. Having it published would be a great accomplishment, but the happiness of having it published does not outweight the fun I’ve had collecting the data, talking to people, and collaborating with my peers.

The fun I’ve had at family events and on vacations always outshines major accomplishments for me. We took a family trip to Florida when my son was 5 and that was shortly after I finished nursing school. As happy as I am that I completed nursing school and became a nurse, that Florida vacation makes me much happier.

dynamicduo's avatar

At this time in my life, my greatest accomplishment has been acquiring and setting up my farm. At the same time, this acquisition has allowed me to have the best times of my life by having my friends and family over and sharing with them my new experiences. And that further fuels the greatness of the accomplishment accomplished. So for me, they are one and the same, and they both fill me with happiness and pride.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Accomplishment. I can have fun anytime.

CMaz's avatar

Most fun time.
Accomplishments come and go.

Aethelwine's avatar

My first and only experience rafting was on a class IV/V river. The moment we stepped to the river’s edge I had doubts. The river was at a record high due to the previous winter’s snow, and the guides warned us that it’s every man for himself out there. It was scary for the experts, let alone for a beginner. I got on the raft and had the best experience of my life. Everyone on our raft told me I rafted like I had done it before. They all took my lead while rafting. I was so proud of myself.

I’d say it was a combination of a great accomplishment and the most fun I’ve ever had in my life.

le_inferno's avatar

I feel a lot better about say, a great grade on a paper than a fun night with friends. There’s something about accomplishment that makes you feel significant, intelligent, worthwhile. You worked for something, it didn’t just come to you. Having fun is instant gratification—it’s not nearly as satisfying. Anyone can have fun, anytime.

YARNLADY's avatar

@jonsblond I’m impressed. I thought it was an accomplishment to survive the White Water Safari at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

BoBo1946's avatar

The fun times! Life is about having fun!

ItsAHabit's avatar

Accomplishments make me very happy.

tranquilsea's avatar

I can remember some situation where I had a lot of fun. But the accomplishments are the ones that make me smile. Especially when I had to work hard to achieve that I wanted to achieve.

NaturallyMe's avatar

Well if we’re talking of the last few months, thats’ easy – the most fun i’ve ever had! I haven’t really accomplished anything big in this time. In fact, the only real big thing i’ve accomplished is getting my degree a few years back. In the last 6 months, we’ve bought our first house, in another city, and got married in May – that was all pretty fun! :)

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Well I’ve been alone for most of the last six months and I’ve accomplished nothing much in that period. I guess I have not been that happy! Looking forward to my sweet wife going home in less than two weeks! Then I’ll have both accomplishments and fun.

zophu's avatar

Happiness and fulfillment are at least somewhat two different things aren’t they? I’m not sure I’ve had enough of either to know (sadface).

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I’ve been thinking about this q all day…I like qs that do that.

anartist's avatar

greatest accomplishment. Saddest: greatest failure.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

Accomplishments. Helping some lovely people salvage their lives and helping myself in the process.

sEkngwsdm's avatar

Accomplishment! The feeling of a job WELL DONE is my best time!

Marva's avatar

Fun is definitly my way to assess my life. I always feel my real accomplishments are the good times I have, no matter how many accomplishments I achieve

NaturallyMe's avatar

@Marva – i think i agree. What’s life worth if you’re not having fun, right? Nobody likes a sad miserable life full of accomplishments. (ok, you can be happy and have tons of accomplishments of course). But happiness is more important to me.

Marva's avatar

@NaturallyMe I definitly agree!
The lines which I borrowed for my moto in life are of Dave Matthews Band:
“I can’t believe we will lie in our graves, wondering if we had spent our living days well,
I can’t believe we will lie in our graves, dreaming of things that we might have been, could have been, should have been…”
Just wanted to share that :) ....

NaturallyMe's avatar

@Marva – Definitely! :)

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