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Play is the vaccine for all of life’s woes

Ritesh Reddy

This conversation will wake up your inner child!

Today I’m joined by RITESH REDDY! Ritesh Reddy is a ‘funsultant’ from India. In this conversation we talk play, why it matters, death, why Ritesh is rarely indoors, how the traditional school system stifles children’s play, how everything is better outdoors, flow states, creativity, and more!


Ritesh Reddy on Twitter

Ritesh’s Blog and Newsletter

In this episode we cover…

  • The balance of seriousness and playfulness (4:00)
  • How do we stay happy and productive? (7:00)
  • Sanity metrics vs vanity metrics – when it comes to our life’s work, what measurements matter? (13:00)
  • Physical play and intellectual play (19:00)
  • Ritesh Reddy is rarely indoors – why? (26:00)
  • Play and the fear of death (30:00)
  • Playing infinite games (with infinite people) (38:00)
  • Why do we modern people lack a sense of satisfaction? (44:00)
  • Ritesh Reddy’s morning routine for optimal joy and creativity (52:00)
  • Everything is better outside (58:00)
  • Ritesh Reddy’s Low information diet: Information as a crux on the path to wisdom, and the problem with vanity metrics (1:00:00)
  • There’s power in silence, there’s joy in laughter (1:15:00)
  • The search for wisdom: should we share every insight with the world? (1:20:00)
  • Green coffee, weird beverages! (1:26:00)
  • Ritesh Reddy’s battle with addiction, darkness and isolation — how did family and social ties help him out of the darkest pit of his life? (1:30:00)
  • Experiencing emotions in their totality (1:45:00)
  • A conversation is a dance (1:50:00)
  • Ritesh Reddy wants to ask strangers the big questions of life (1:53:00)
  • The future of play (1:56:00)
  • Parting thoughts (2:00:00)


Beyond Good and evil by Friedrich Nietzsche

The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker

Finite and Infinite Games by James. P Carse

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

John Daub (once again)

Cam Houser

Carl Jung

Please enjoy!

Cheers to your good health,


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