The Power of Fun

The Power of Fun

Why fun is the key to a happy and healthy life


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From the bestselling author of HOW TO BREAK UP WITH YOUR PHONE

When did you last feel exhilarated and lighthearted?
When were you last engaged, focused and completely present?
When is the last time you felt fully alive?
In other words, when did you last have fun?

In our always-on, tech-addicted lifestyles, we often think of the pursuit of fun as an indulgence. When we do find time to relax, we often turn to activities that are not actually that enjoyable, let alone fun: bingeing on television and movies, doomscrolling the news, or feeding our FOMO on social media.

But award-winning science journalist Catherine Price has learned the truth: far from being frivolous, fun is the key to living a more meaningful, fulfilling and happier life. If you make fun a priority, you will be healthier and have more energy. You will be more productive, less resentful and less stressed. You will find community and a sense of purpose. You will stop languishing and start flourishing. And best of all? You'll enjoy the process.

In The Power of Fun, Price argues that fun will lead to the happiness we so desperately seek, and includes a practical plan for how to incorporate more fun into our daily lives. Ground-breaking, eye-opening and packed with useful advice, The Power of Fun won't just change the way you think about fun. It will bring you back to life.

'A practical, evidence-backed plan ... and an argument that fun isn't optional, but essential.' CHARLES DUHIGG, author of The Power of Habit

'This delightful book might just be what we need to start flourishing.' ADAM GRANT, author of Think Again

'Inspirational, funny, research-packed and full of practical strategies... The Power of Fun is a game-changer.' ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, founder and CEO, Thrive Global

'Sharp, entertaining and persuasive... an essential guide for anyone who can't quite remember what it's like to experience joy.' LAURIE SANTOS, host of The Happiness Lab podcast

'The Marie Kondo of Brains.' New York Times

© Catherine Price 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022


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About the author

Catherine Price

Dubbed 'The Marie Kondo of Brains' by The New York Times, Catherine Price is an award-winning science journalist and speaker and the author of How to Break Up with Your Phone. She is also the creator of, a resource hub dedicated to helping people scroll less and live more. Her work has appeared in publications including The Best American Science Writing, The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Popular Science, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post Magazine, Slate, Time, and Men's Journal, among others.
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