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SuperBetter - A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient -Powered by the Science of Games-logo

SuperBetter - A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient -Powered by the Science of Games

Jane McGonigal

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 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

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 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
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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 "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 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

Language:

English

Length:

14h 32m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:21


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:17


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:13


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:09


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:46


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:51


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:32


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:45


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:47


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:47


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:24


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:09


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:21


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:46


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:58


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:49


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:30


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:04


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:41


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:05


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:09


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:01


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:53


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:00


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:23


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:27


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:28


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:22


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:24


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:38


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:18


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:16


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:47


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:13


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:52


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:40


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:42


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:09


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:20


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:25


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:46


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:14


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

09:22


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:52


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

09:57


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:51


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:13


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

09:15


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:34


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:53


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

09:42


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

09:16


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:52


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

09:42


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:08


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

09:26


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:07


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:55


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:42


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:59


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:00


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:35


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:49


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:30


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:08


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:20


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:14


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

09:29


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

09:33


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

09:28


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

09:06


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:30


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:53


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

09:07


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

09:06


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

09:00


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

09:09


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:55


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

09:31


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:22


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

09:50


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

09:30


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

09:11


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:33


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:06


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

09:09


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:36


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:46


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:23


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

09:11


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

09:29


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:59


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:29


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:24


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:47


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

09:26


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

09:29


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

09:34


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

09:15


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

08:30


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:34


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:25


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:36


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:29


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:21


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

08:25


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

08:39


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:25


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:31


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

08:55


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:14


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

00:40