Playfulness is a gift.

And author/fun theorist Bernard De Koven
invites you to receive it!

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The Book, the Spirit, the Experience.

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we never lose our playfulness

Scroll up to the top of this article. Now, take a moment to watch the expressions on the face of the woman in the white blouse, in the center of the group running towards us. This is what I see: first, a smile, but a guarded one. Next, what, concern? puzzlement? Something happens to her […]

how do you doodle?

Here’s a thought from the American Journal of Play, no less; in a densely written, deeply insightful, and conceptually delicious exploration of, yes, that’s right, neuroaesthetics itself, in which “The author considers combinatory play as an intersection between creativity, play, and neuroaesthetics. She discusses combinatory play as vital to the creative process in art and […]

bernie by Bas

OK, OK, so, yes, it’s my birthday. I’m just saying. And, sure, you sweet, caring person you, if you want to send me a present, don’t let anything stop you. Here, in fact, is what I want: a picture or video of you playing any one of the games you find on the homepage. […]

Tennis with Plato

Though articles describing the benefits of play and playfulness have their place, and there are always people who will benefit from having read them, my tolerance for such articles has steadily decreased over the years. Especially the last few years, coinciding, coincidentally, with my retirement. The core of my work, and my purpose, has consistently […]

climbing trees
“Reshaping the brain through play”

(photo via Catalyst) Ruth Codier Resh, a psychoanayst specializing in child and adult psychotherapy, tells of the consequences of a stroke that resulted, for a while, in her not being able to speak. For a psychotherapist, speech is the instrument, not only for understanding, but also for healing. Her story is vivid, moving, and filled […]

Survival of the playfullest

For today’s unsubstantiated assertion, we posit thusly: Playfulness has something to do with adaptability Adaptability has something to do with survival Hence, syllogistically speaking, the law of the human jungle might be: survival of the playfullest. O yes, there are other traits that can be positively correlated to survival: fitness, of course; fitting-inness would be another, […]

The entrance to your playful path is wonder.

Get inspired listening to selections from Bernie’s books and articles, and then more inspired playing games from Bernie’s huge repertoire of deeply playful games.
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"This volume should really be titled A Guide to Being Human. I recommend you read only a page or two at a time. Let it sink in. Apply it. Revel in it."

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"Now, finally, we come to Bernard DeKoven’s new book, A Playful Path. It is, for me at least, the best self-help book I’ve ever read."

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Playfulness opens you. It lightens your heart

“A playful path is the shortest road to happiness.”

‐ the Oaqui

"I know that if we only let ourselves out to play we would rediscover ourselves and reunite with the world."




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