Anthony T. DeBenedet, MD
Anthony T. DeBenedet, M.D. is a practicing physician and behavioral-science enthusiast. His interviews and writings have run in various media outlets, including the New York Times, the Today show, the Washington Post, and TIME Ideas. He also co-authored The Art of Roughhousing: Good Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It (Quirk Books, 2011), a parenting book about the importance of parent–child physical play. DeBenedet has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering, a Master of Science Degree in Health and Healthcare Research from the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School, and a Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Michigan Health System. DeBenedet lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he enjoys spending time with his family, connecting with friends, and playing a little basketball.
“Playful Intelligence is one of the most important and influential books you will ever read. It struck me on a deeply personal and emotional level. Anthony DeBenedet has written a wonderful and practical guide to being a more effective parent, spouse, friend, and colleague. It is a new way to think about what matters most in work and life. Simply put, this book will make you a better human being. Prepare to be inspired!”
—Tom Rath, bestselling author of Strengths Finder 2.0, How Full is Your Bucket, and WellBeing
“Anthony DeBenedet’s timely work shows us how playfulness makes us better and offers a simple framework for integrating playfulness into our day-to-day lives. An antidote to the pressure, seriousness, and responsibility overload that defines much of adulthood, Playful Intelligence is the perfect prescription for our high-stress lives.”
—Jonah Berger, bestselling author of Contagious and Invisible Influence
“By breaking playfulness down into its component parts, DeBenedet invites us on a delightful adventure filled with compelling research, inspiring stories, and practical steps that makes it possible for us to cultivate this elusive quality and unleash it into our daily lives. In other words, he provides our magical inner child with an escape route through the thicket of our adult conditioning. The world just became a more humane and playful place!”
—Gwen Gordon, Emmy Award-winning creative director and author of The Wonderful W
“Anthony’s own playful intelligence shines through every page of this delightful and thought-provoking book. His real gift, however, is showing the rest of us how to be more playful in our adult lives. If everyone took the guidance in this book to heart, the world would be a much better place!”
—Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., author of Playful Parenting
“Playful Intelligence is exactly what the doctor ordered! In his new book, DeBenedet beautifully combines his expertise as a physician, behavioral-science aficionado, and fun-loving human being, and writes us the perfect prescription for a happier, healthier, and more playfully engaged life. By breaking down playfulness into its five key components, and sharing ways to incorporate the power of play into our everyday lives, this book gives adults the permission they need to work hard, and play harder.”
—Meredith Sinclair, M. Ed., lifestyle expert and author of Well Played: The Ultimate Guide to Awakening Your Family’s Playful Spirit
“It happens only rarely that I come across a book which inspires, gives me goosebumps, and makes me cry. Dr. Anthony DeBenedet has done it with Playful Intelligence. DeBenedet shows us why playfulness should live at the core of our adult lives to balance out the more serious parts and create the mental flexibility that is crucial to taking ourselves less seriously. One of the most precious points that DeBenedet puts forward is that playfulness is at the heart of resiliency; the ability to bounce back from challenging and stressful experiences. Insight like this, and so much more, is what makes this book a powerful invitation and permission slip to see life through the eyes of a child, while constantly connecting to the wisdom harvested in our own experiences and throughout generations. Highly recommended and inspiring for all areas of life!”
—Anette Prehn, Social Scientist (MA), pioneer in applied neuroscience, author of Play Your Brain and the Brain Friends series.
“Playful Intelligence is just what the doctor ordered for so many of us who are living stressful lives. Dr. DeBenedet mixes humor, science, and poignant real-life stories to create a book that reminds us to laugh, to daydream, to live in the moment, and, ultimately, to love.”
—Sanjay Saint, M.D., M.P.H., Chief of Medicine, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System; George Dock Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan