gamesAre you a gamer? Do you enjoy the challenge of playing more traditional games like chess and bridge or are you a World of Warcraft fan?

You may think that playing games is a good ‘time-waster’, but Jane McGonigal, Phd – has some surprising evidence that may suggest that playing games can have some amazing real-life benefits that could have significant ramification for how we solve problems in the future.

Jane McGonigal is a world-renowned designer of games designed to improve real lives and solve real problems. Her new book is an innovative guide to living gamefully, based on the program that has already helped nearly half a million people achieve remarkable personal growth.

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.

Here is her 2010 TED talk on the topic, which will help put you in the picture:

Here’s a link to the book:

SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient–Powered by the Science of Games, which we wouldn’t mind getting a copy of and doing a bit more self-study on the subject.