A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient—Powered by the Science of Games
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Product Number: DD17026
Released: Sep 15, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781611764321
Narrator/s: Jane McGonigal
Publisher: Penguin Group US
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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 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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Product Number: BX00060119
Product Number:Z100089761
Product Number:DD17026

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Author(s): Jane McGonigal
Narrator(s): Jane McGonigal
Product Number Z100089761
Released: Sep 15, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Books on Tape
ISBN: #9781101914922
Author(s): Jane McGonigal
Product Number EB00593820
Released: Sep 15, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9780698185500

Professional reviews

"The core idea in this audiobook is that playing video games with others can improve a person's ability to recover from traumatic brain injury and respond to stress, pain, and other life challenges. For this optimistic advice on connecting with others through games, the author's innocent charm and cheery tones are perfect. Engaging listeners with rhetorical questions and a palpable desire to help, she references research that describes how our neurological and physiological states sync with those of others when engaged in game playing. In these connected states, people learn to share, trust, and negotiate differences for the common good. When we immerse ourselves in these game environments, the repetition of certain emotional dynamics strengthens not only our confidence but also our compassion, determination, and willpower. T.W. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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