Monday, January 04, 2010

Happines Day 4: Magazine Fun

Oh, the irony! Today's Mini-Happiness Project is "Be Serious About Play"...and it falls on the first day of my Ann Patchett-inspired challenge to be more serious about work. Um...hmmm. I was baffled about how to bridge this gap until I came across one of the genius ideas Gretchen shares about how she got back in touch with what she really likes to do.

First, a confession: I think Gretchen's best "finding the fun" idea is "Think about what you liked to do as a child." But my answer is "Baton twirling...and pretending to accept the Olympic Gold Metal in gymnastics (allowing the metal to be placed around my neck, singing along to as much of the national anthem as I could remember, the double-hand overhead wave to the crowd). Sadly, I won't have time for either of those today...

So the great idea for fun TODAY is to explore three magazines about things I don't often (or ever) think about. I love this. It dovetails beautifully with an article in yesterday's NY Times about keeping brain function up by learning about new things or perspectives. So I'm on it. But I need your help!

I don't have time for a jaunt to the store today (and Steve has the car). So I need magazine suggestions. Currently, I subscribe to Oprah, The New Yorker, Men's Journal, and Cooking Light (if I finally remember to send them their $15).

What should I add? Gretchen read VERY diversely: an equestrian magazine about healthy horses, another about crafts, and one about spirituality. Help me expand my horizons--What are your favorite magazines? Is there something I'm missing on, say, healthy, crafty, spiritual horses?


Jen A. Miller said...

I get a lot of magazines since that's my business. Some of the best in the "diverse" range:

Runner's World
Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Organic Gardening
Entertainment Weekly (the people profiles are outstanding, and I got a year subscription for $10 from Amazon)

Even though Runner's World, Kiplinger's and Organic Gardening are niche magazines, they're written in a way that newbies will understand them.

Jayne said...

The only 3 I pay to receive (US weekly mysteriously shows up each week. I feel a little dirty after reading it.. New Year's resolution, no more reading it.

Sports Illustrated - some of the photography is breathtaking and there are often heart-wrenching stories.

Relevant Magazine - So many challenging articles check it out online

Fast Company - Constantly sharing fantastic ideas.

kim said...

Yeah, that was an interesting article in the NYT yesterday. Time to take up an instrument or language or something.

Mary (the lurker) said...

Ooh, I like this! (I get way too many magazines as-is.)

USMS Swimmer
Real Simple
House Beautiful
Boston Home

I used to subscribe to a whole lot more, but quite a few have folded in 2008-2009.

Julia said...

I read a lot of magazines too, but the one I read mostly for its high fun quotient is In Style. I used to just buy it for myself at the airport as a treat when I would fly, but I finally subscribed and really do look forward to getting it each month.

Stacy said...

Try a travel magazine. Lonely Planet (or similar) always piques my imagination AND educates me. :)

Trish Ryan said...

LOVE these ideas, you guys...thank you!!!

tootie said...

I love Real Simple, Money, and Budget Travel. I haven't read the new Food Network magazine, but it looks good, too!

Sarakastic said...

I used to have make believe Olympic acceptance ceremonies too, I thought I was the only one.