A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient--Powered by the Science of Games
On Sale: September 15, 2015
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Self-Help | Non-Fiction
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
“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 decade’s worth of scientific research into the
ways all games—including videogames, sports, and
puzzles—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 “gameful” mind-set. Being gameful means bringing the
same psychological strengths we naturally display when we
play games—such as optimism, creativity, courage, and
determination—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: • Your ability to
control your attention, and therefore your thoughts and
• 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. You’ll never say
that something is “just a game” again.
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