FUN Books


  • Beyond Boredom and Anxiety, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is one of his earliest published accounts of his experiments in search of flow. Though the accounts of the research itself are scientifically joyless, the insights and conclusions are positively inspiring. His more recent book, Flow, the Psychology of Optimal Experience is a more accessible recapitulation of his earlier findings.



  • Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary – “…Torvalds’ real genius lies not so much in his programming abilities, though those are extraordinary, but in his capacity for that thing so many of us never learn to do: have fun. Fun, Torvalds believes, is at heart very far from the frivolous thing capitalism and religion have made it out to be. Fun is, rather, the highest form of human behavior, the thing that comes after survival and community, the thing, in other words, that not only makes life worth living, but is – or ought to be – a lifestyle in itself.


  • Fun Works: Leslie Yerkes makes a major contribution to those of us who believe that it is actually possible for work to be fun: case studies, stories, eleven “principles” for making work fun, and vice versa
  • Managing to Have Fun is Matt Weinstein’s artful collection of actually fun things managers have managed to do in the name of work. His stories of the silly, good-hearted things they’ve done are entertaining, empowering and inspiring. Not profound. Not transforming. But definitely funniferous.*


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