Fun is a measurement of how much pleasure or excitement one derives from a certain activity.
Going on a two-week vacation to Disney-world, attending the Super Bowl, jamming out at a rock concert, socializing with close friends, having a family picnic, watching a good movie, reading an exciting book, daydreaming, and lying out at the beach are all examples of what having fun can look like.
Happiness, on the other hand, while certainly full of its fun moments, is a measurement of how engaged one is with a sense of meaning, value, and purpose.
A sense of meaning, value, and purpose, along with all the interior riches it provides, can be present even in the absence of doing fun activities.
Happy people do the dishes; Happy people take out the garbage; Happy people change dirty diapers; Happy people fold laundry; Happy people pick up dog poop; Happy people change the oil in their cars; Happy people help their friends move; Happy people listen to their companions vent; Happy people leave parties early to attend to family emergencies; Happy people work tough jobs so other people can continue enjoying the services that make them happy, and the list goes on.
Most happy people would probably tell you that they’d have a lot more FUN visiting Magic Mountain, going on a shopping spree, riding a bike, or taking a day off than doing any of the above activities.
Does that mean happy people are unhappy when they’re not doing fun things? No.
It means that the happiness of happy people is sustained by a wide range of elements of which having fun is only a part.
Having fun is when you get to do the things that you love. Being happy is when you find the love in the things that you do.
Be happy when you get to have fun, but don’t forget to have fun just being happy.