Self-determination theory is used to explore the ways in which relatedness, autonomy and competence are important factors in seniors' hedonic and eudaimonic pleasurable activities within formal and informal community associations. Focus groups, unstructured interviews and observation were used to collect data from members of three senior citizens' groups. Results indicated relatedness, autonomy and competence all considerably enhanced seniors' enjoyment. Relatedness was demonstrated through physical contact, social activities and meaningful conversations about shared life experiences. As so much loss is experienced with aging, seniors gained comfort by establishing their autonomy through highly organized routines and solid boundaries. Unexpectedly, competency in one's own performance and abilities — as well as in the accomplishments of others — was essential to achieving the most enjoyment from pleasurable activities.