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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 growth In 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 a€œpost-traumatic growtha€ 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 decadea€™s worth of scientific research into the ways all gamesa€”including videogames, sports, and puzzlesa€”change 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 a€œgamefula€ mind-set. Being gameful means bringing the same psychological strengths we naturally display when we play gamesa€”such as optimism, creativity, courage, and determinationa€”to 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: a€c Your ability to control your attention, and therefore your thoughts and feelings a€c Your power to turn anyone into a potential ally, and to strengthen your existing relationships a€c 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. Youa€™ll never say that something is a€œjust a gamea€ again. From the Hardcover edition.But what if you want to strengthen relationships with friends and family youa#39;re not able to see in person as often as youa#39;d like? ... In fact, research suggests that online games are an especially powerful relationship management toola€”they make it easier ... Leta#39;s see how online play works to help you find reallife alliesa€” and what online games can teach you about how to get social support wherever you go.

Author:Jane McGonigal
Publisher:Penguin - 2015-09-15


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