I am trying to find a word to describe a situation where you don't want to do something, but enjoy it when you do it. For example, going to the gym, travelling a long distance to see a friend.

I have tried searching but no luck so far.

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    Describe it in what way? Do you want a noun for an activity like that, or an adjective to describe something like that, or something else? An example sentence showing how you would like to use the word would help people give more useful suggestions.
    – herisson
    Feb 13, 2016 at 0:01
  • Not a single word: "reluctantly but without regret".
    – Graffito
    Feb 13, 2016 at 0:14
  • Not one word (unless you hyphenate it), but what you describe sounds like the opposite of “grinning and bearing it,” so maybe you could call it a “bear-and-grin[-it]” experience.
    – Papa Poule
    Feb 13, 2016 at 0:55
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    The phrase pleasantly surprised is often used for an event that you expect to be a burden but is enjoyable. However it is usually used for one-off situations rather than a routine, such as the gym
    – bib
    Feb 13, 2016 at 3:10
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If you are reluctant to do something but you force yourself to anyway, you might be doing it begrudgingly.


Obligation would fit. It describes something that we are obliged to do, with the connotation that we don't necessarily enjoy the activity.

How do you like sweeping the floor?

It's an obligation.

  • I don't think it would fit, because the question asks for a word with the connotation that we do enjoy an activity, we just don't want to do it.
    – herisson
    Feb 13, 2016 at 0:03
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    to further the point @sumelic is making, the OP specifically states that the enjoyment comes after being "forced" into doing the activity. But obligation has no positive connotation to it at all.
    – MegaMark
    Feb 13, 2016 at 7:41
  • Yup, somehow the "enjoyment" aspect didn't quite sink in. I think badministrator's answer hit the nail on the head. Feb 18, 2016 at 20:33

"Obligatory" would fit.It's the correct Adverb.

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