Jane McConigal had concussion which was not getting better and she started playing ‘Jane the concussion slayer’ which helped, which then led to creating Super Better (see video below).
One of the aspects of the games that appealed to me was that it builds resilience in four areas: mental, emotional, physical and social.
Jane says in her short video intro to the Super Better game “Study after study shows that resilience is the single most important personal skill you can develop — if you want to be happier, healthier and more successful in whatever you do.”
In the beginning of the ‘game’ you are given a choice what challenge you want to work on.
Examples are: depression, physical injury, concussion, anxiety, chronic pain, will power, sleeping better, lowering stress, loosing weight, more energy, eating healthier, workout, or ‘I am just getting better’. You can change your challenge at any time.
The free Game consists of Power packs from which you can choose quests, power ups, bad guys, future boosts.
Some other Power packs are: Absurdly grateful, Stress buster, simply connected, realistic optimism, will power and weight loss.
The Power pack I just started is called Mood Elevator Ground Floor and can help with depression, migraines, post traumatic stress, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue sympdrome, irritable bowel syndrome and much more.
“The Power Packs are backed by science and developed with our partners and advisors, including doctors and researchers at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Ohio State University Medical Center, and Ardmore Institute of Health.”
The game provides a SuperBetter science lab with lots of Information about the science behind it all and trackers of progress with charts and a section for your own notes.
Connected to the game is a Super Better Forum/community. This provides more information as well as meeting other people playing the game.
Having an Ally in the game is encouraged (Read the science behind this here) and you can either invite your friends or find allies via the forum.
The game that can give you 10 extra years of life
by Jane McConigal
Below is a tweet with the exciting news of funding for clinical trial.
It’s official! @SuperBetter has an NIH grant for a clinical trial to treat mild Traumatic Brain Injury, w/partner OSU Medical Research Ctr.
— Jane McGonigal (@avantgame) September 11, 2013
More information about this The study started in September 2013 and is estimated to finish in October 2014
In one of the introduction 1:11 min videos, Jane says that even though we maybe going to the gym an hour a day we need tiny amounts of exercise every hour to have physical resilience!
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