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Dr. Mike Rucker on How to Change Your Life With the Fun Habit

Organizational psychologist Dr. Mike Rucker joins me on Passion Struck to impart his top tips for integrating fun activities into our daily routines. Drawing on scientific evidence from his book, “The Fun Habit: How the Pursuit of Joy and Wonder Can Change Your Life,” we’ll explore the advantages of having fun and the kinds of enjoyable habits we can cultivate. Join us now as we explore why fun isn’t solely reserved for children; it’s a crucial element of adult life as well.

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You should similarly look at time as you do making money because, ultimately, anyone who’s smart can make more money, but you can never make more time.

Dr. Mike Rucker

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In This Episode, Dr. Mike Rucker And I Discuss His Book: “The Fun Habit.”

Happiness can be elusive, but fun is something that we can easily incorporate into our lives at any time and in any place. Research has shown that fun benefits our physical and psychological well-being, yet it is often lacking in our modern lives. According to my guest today, psychologist Mike Rucker, many adults are not having enough fun, and it has been a while since they truly had a good time.

In our interview, Rucker argues that fun is just as crucial for human welfare as relationships and exercise. Modern hindrances like social media addiction, overwork, and negative societal views on leisure can prevent us from experiencing fun, which is essential for our well-being and a fundamental way that we interact with the world. As we age, we may forget to make time for play, leading to burnout. Rucker suggests that instead of constantly seeking happiness, we can try engaging in fun activities to improve our well-being and find joy in the present moment.

Listen and learn as Dr. Mike Rucker and I cover the following subjects:

  • What’s the essence of fun, and how does it differ from happiness?
  • As busy adults, why is it essential to prioritize fun?
  • Discovering time for enjoyment and the significance of reflecting on fun experiences.
  • Should we prioritize friendship or parenting when it comes to having fun?
  • Creating and sustaining enjoyable practices utilizing the Rucker-PLAY model.
  • Finally, learning how to infuse more fun into our relationships with friends.
  • And much, much more!
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you’d like to share? Drop us a line at [email protected]m!
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More From My Interview With Dr. Mike Rucker

During our interview, I asked Mike the importance of these six words: It’s chaos, be kind, have fun.

Dr. Mike Rucker explains, “This comes from Patton Oswalt. I was digging into his similar situation with tragically losing his wife. There’s going to be loss in your life. There are going to be challenges. But if you look for it, there’s an abundance of good. And generally, with a little bit of being deliberate about how you organize your life, you can skew how your life goes in a pleasurable way so that you look back on it and enjoy yourself.

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But not only that, the research suggests that as important as fun as it’s also making sure that you take others along for the ride and live your life with some empathy. So the reason I love those six words is we’re all going to be faced with challenges, and certainly, you want to avoid toxic positivity because if you don’t acknowledge that there is life is chaos.

We know that motivation just won’t hit it will create this dissidence and ultimately lead you in the wrong direction. But if you are mindful that, yes, there are going to be bad times, but that you have control over the good times. And along the way, you’re kind to others. You really will have a life well lived in the life that you want.”

Thanks, Dr. Mike Rucker

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About Today’s Guest, Dr. Mike Rucker

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Organizational psychologist Dr. Mike Rucker’s concepts regarding the connection between fun and well-being have garnered recognition in several publications such as Psychology Today, Forbes, Vox, and Thrive Global. He was also named as one of the top ten digital changemakers by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Currently, he holds a senior position at Active Wellness.

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John R. Miles is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and founder of Passion Struck. This full-service media company helps people live intentionally by creating best-in-class educational and entertainment content. John is also a prolific public speaker, venture capitalist, and author named to the ComputerWorld Top 100 IT Leaders.

John is the host of the top-ranked Passion Struck Podcast. The show focused on exploring the mindset and philosophy of the world’s most inspiring people to learn their lessons to living intentionally. Passion Struck aspires to speak to the humanity of people in a way that makes them want to live better, be better, and impact.

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