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Jane McGonigal

A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver, and More Resilient

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SuperBetter by Jane McGonigal is a self-help book that teaches you how to turn your struggles into gameful challenges. With simple rules, you can build resilience, improve relationships, and achieve your goals while having fun.

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    SuperBetter is a game that helps you overcome challenges and grow stronger as a person.

    Have you ever heard of SuperBetter?

    It’s a game created by the author, who came up with the idea while recovering from a brain injury. During her recovery, she realized that she didn’t just want to get better, she wanted to be even better than she was before the injury – superbetter! So she created a game to help her get there.

    Games make it fun and exciting to overcome challenges. And they can even alleviate stress and interpersonal problems! SuperBetter is literally designed to empower you and give you more control over your life whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed by illness or any other serious problem.

    SuperBetter works because of two human phenomena: post-traumatic growth and post-ecstatic growth.

    Trauma doesn’t necessarily lead to long-term emotional or mental problems. In fact, trauma can usher in a life that’s happier and more fulfilling than the one you had before! That’s how post-traumatic growth works.

    You don’t need trauma to experience personal growth, however. If you overcome challenges you set for yourself, such as running a marathon or quitting smoking, you can undergo post-ecstatic growth.

    Post-traumatic growth and post-ecstatic growth are forms of positive development that you experience during difficult times. And, if you follow the seven steps outlined in the SuperBetter method, you’ll stand a much better chance of growing. These steps, the effectiveness of which has been thoroughly tested and proved, will help you build physical resilience, mental resilience, emotional resilience and social resilience. Read on to learn more about these terms – and why games are so good at helping you build them!

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    What is SuperBetter about?

    SuperBetter (2015) teaches you how to overcome major challenges by harnessing the power of games. Whether you’re getting over an illness, writing a novel or trying to become a vegetarian, the game of SuperBetter can revolutionize your life and get you where you want to go.

    SuperBetter Review

    SuperBetter (2015) by Jane McGonigal is a book that explores how we can use games to enhance our mental and emotional resilience. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • With its groundbreaking research and scientific insights, it offers a fresh perspective on personal development and well-being.
    • By providing a step-by-step framework and practical strategies, it empowers readers to build psychological strength and overcome challenges.
    • The book's compelling stories and interactive exercises make it a captivating and enjoyable read, ensuring that it is definitely not a boring self-help book.

    Best quote from SuperBetter

    With post-traumatic growth, we find the strengths and courage to do the things that make us happy, and to understand and express our true selves.

    —Jane McGonigal
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    Who should read SuperBetter?

    • People facing a big challenge in life
    • Anyone interested in the power of games

    About the Author

    Jane McGonigal is a professional game designer and writer on the science of games. She was the first person to receive a PhD on the psychological effects of playing games. SuperBetter is her second best-selling book.

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    What is the main message of SuperBetter?

    The main message of SuperBetter is that by using gameful strategies, we can improve our resilience, well-being, and ability to tackle challenges.

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    Is SuperBetter a good book? Is it worth reading?

    SuperBetter is worth reading because it provides practical tools and insights for building resilience and overcoming obstacles.

    Who is the author of SuperBetter?

    Jane McGonigal is the author of SuperBetter.

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