The Fun Habit: How the Pursuit of Joy and Wonder Can Change Your Life

Atria. Jan. 2023. 288p. ISBN 9781982159054. $27.99. SELF-HELP
Writing a book about achieving happiness through fun activities during a global pandemic and time of epic social upheaval might not seem to be a good fit for current times, but that view would be mistaken. Organization psychologist Rucker, an influencer in workplace wellness and promoter of positive psychology, used a painful and dark time in his life as a catalyst to explore happiness in earnest, which culminated in this much-needed addition to the self-help genre. Far from being just a feel-good exhortation or collection of fun activities to embark upon, this title brings an in-depth, science-backed exploration of happiness, through the lens of having fun. Readers are encouraged to examine their own lives and habits through the PLAY (pleasing, living, yielding, and agonizing) model and then use a set of tools Rucker calls the SAVOR (story editing, activity bundling, variable hedonics, options, reminiscing) system to help transform their daily lives. This book does not offer a quick fix to current doldrums but encourages hope for a more fulfilling life through incremental changes that anyone can make.
VERDICT Recommended for those who are looking for more joy and fun in their lives. A solid addition to any public library.
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