Can fun actually change your life? Who is talking of fun at a time like this with Mike Rucker, Ph.D.

Fun can change your life

[Episode 98 of The Intentional Clinician Podcast]

A clear and persuasive message supported by research is presented by Mike Rucker, Ph.D. Play is healthy for you! In addition, he describes the various sorts of fun, the distinction between fun and “pleasure seeking,” and how to add more fun to your life. The word “fun” hasn’t traditionally been used much in academic or research literature, yet it’s a component that many people’s lives are lacking. And our mental and physical health may suffer greatly as a result of this loss of enjoyment. Mike Rucker, PhD, and Paul Krauss, MA, LPC, talk about his most recent book: THE FUN HABIT: How the Pursuit of Joy and Wonder Can Change Your Life on this episode of The Intentional Clinician podcast.

  • Doesn’t it seem that the more we seek happiness, the more elusive it becomes?
    There is an easy fix, hiding in plain sight. Fun is an action you can take here and now, practically anywhere, anytime. Grounded in current research, accessible science, and practical recommendations, THE FUN HABIT: How the Pursuit of Joy and Wonder Can Change Your Life by Mike Rucker, PhD (Atria Books; Hardcover; $27.99; on sale January 3, 2023; ISBN: 9781982159054) explains how you can build having fun into an actionable and effortless habit and why doing so will help you become a healthier, more joyful, more productive person .It’s time to get access to the greatest treatment options, whether you’re a dissatisfied high achiever striving to achieve a better work-life balance or someone who is looking for respite from life’s crushing issues. The Fun Habit is the best manual for gaining the significant advantages that fun has to offer.
  • Mike Rucker is an organizational psychologist and charter member of the International Positive Psychology Association.


Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, an Approved EMDRIA Consultant , host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress) as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Paul has been quoted in the Washington PostNBC NewsWired Magazine, and Counseling Today. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433.

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Original Music:

”Shades of Currency” [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL (Spotify)

“Fun, Fun, Fun” from Despicable Me: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Pharrell Williams (Spotify)

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