Resources

Welcome to PlayGrounding Resources, a regularly updated list of the books I strongly recommend for motivating yourself to reclaim play, or to help you get past the obstacles keeping you from it.

I have read every book on this page. Many of them were important to my own journey back to a playful mindset.

But before digging in, here's an important disclosure:

Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Please understand that I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something.

The Benefits of Play

Play, How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul 
by Stuart Brown

Hands-down the best book on play, in my humble opinion (and I'm sure many others). 

Overcoming the Obstacles

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené  Brown

Reclaiming play as an adult is a lot easier when we can find a way to deal with our shame. I learned a lot from this book and if you're anything like me, you probably will too.

The Alcohol Experiment
by Annie Grace

If you're the type who doesn't the like abstinance-only approach, you'll love Annie. It's all about getting our thoughts and our actions synced up with what we really want in life.

This Naked Mind
by Annie Grace

This book helped change my relationship to alcohol. If you're stubborn and don't like people telling you how to live your life, this might do the trick.