SuperBetter: The Power of Living Gamefully

By | June 29, 2019
SuperBetter: The Power of Living Gamefully Author Jane McGonigal
ISBN-10 0143109774
ISBN-13 9780143109778
Year 2016-09-13
Pages 480
Language English
Publisher Penguin Books
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An innovative guide to living gamefully based on the program that has already helped nearly half a million people achieve remarkable personal growthIn 2009 internationally renowned game designer Jane McGonigal suffered a severe concussion Unable to think clearly or work or even get out of bed she became anxious and depressed even suicidal But rather than let herself sink further she decided to get better by doing what she does best she turned her recovery process into a resilience building game What started as a simple motivational exercise quickly became a set of rules for post traumatic growth that she shared on her blog These rules led to a digital game and a major research study with the National Institutes of Health Today nearly half a million people have played SuperBetter to get stronger happier and healthier But the life changing ideas behind SuperBetter are much bigger than just one game In this book McGonigal reveals a decades worth of scientific research into the ways all gamesincluding videogames sports and puzzleschange how we respond to stress challenge and pain She explains how we can cultivate new powers of recovery and resilience in everyday life simply by adopting a more gameful mind set Being gameful means bringing the same psychological strengths we naturally display when we play gamessuch as optimism creativity courage and determinationto real world goals Drawing on hundreds of studies McGonigal shows that getting superbetter is as simple as tapping into the three core psychological strengths that games help you build Your ability to control your attention and therefore your thoughts and feelings Your power to turn anyone into a potential ally and to strengthen your existing relationships Your natural capacity to motivate yourself and super charge your heroic qualities like willpower compassion and determination SuperBetter contains nearly 100 playful challenges anyone can undertake in order to build these gameful strengths It includes stories and data from people who have used the SuperBetter method to get stronger in the face of illness injury and other major setbacks as well as to achieve goals like losing weight running a marathon and finding a new job As inspiring as it is down to earth and grounded in rigorous research SuperBetter is a proven game plan for a better life Youll never say that something is just a game again From the Hardcover edition

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