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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The Fun Within

Trying to make something fun implies that in your heart of hearts you believe it isn’t. Which is why it never works. Not in the long run. Think of the last diet you were on. I know, you probably did your best to make it fun, to, how they say, “gamify” it into a long-term […]

Spiritual Playfulness

(image via Marko Rop) Legend has it that Rabbi Haim of Romshishok, Lituania, an itinerant preacher, was granted permission to visit both heaven and hell. Upon his return to earth, he traveled from town to town sharing his journey. With an angel for his guide, the Rabbi is first ushered through the gates of Hell, […]

I’m my Own Best Gamifier

Here’s the thing about me and gamification: as long as I’m doing to myself, it’s great. You know what I’m saying? I like to twiddle, don’t you know. And I especially enjoy finding new ways to twiddle. I twiddle for many reasons – most of them having something to do with keeping myself amused when I […]


I had, for the long-delayed fun of it, just uploaded a video to Vimeo in which I expound on twiddling. As in the twiddling of thumbs. Not just thumb twiddling, but, that which one might more accurately call  “advanced thumb twiddling.” It was fun just thinking about all the different ways one might twiddle, thumb-wise. And […]

The Biology of Fun

In the recently published issue of Current Biology, vol. 21, issue 1, Geoffrey North, editor of Current Biology, starts the issue with an article called “The Biology of Fun and the Fun of Biology.” In the article, he states: Here’s the quote, in context: But what is ‘fun’? Everyone seems to have a sense of […]

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Homemade Swings

(image via Play-Scapes) I love this image. Not just because because of the ingenuity of the person who figured out how to make a swing out of a car seat, or because of the sweet relationship between the kids, or my imagined delight of just lying down on that comfy seat, looking up, and swinging. […]

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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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