While I was waiting for The Upside Of Stress to be dispatched, I decided to go on a little journey.
First I read a sample of the book on my Kindle. Then I watched a TedX video from the author. Then I got sucked into TedX and started watching recommended videos before ending up watching a documentary about tyres on YouTube (I don’t know how I got there, but it was pretty good).
Anyway, one of the TedX videos I watched was from a game designer. Her talk was about how we can use games to aid us in recovering from all types of problems.
Indeed, her story of recovery is a great example of how games can improve our lives. But I wonder if the underlying reason behind the success of something like this is that it gives people a goal to aim for and believe in. Perhaps it isn’t the game itself, but what games mean to the people who use it.
I am an avid gamer, so video games do sometimes inspire me. I cannot say, however, that I’ve experienced them motivating me.
I’ve tried life improvement games before, such as Habitica, but I didn’t keep up with them.
But I was inspired by this Ted talk, so I found myself downloading the SuperBetter app anyway and started completing tasks there.
It’s only been a couple days, but I can see how a lot of good can come out of this completely free app. Much more good than similar apps that expect people to imagine up everything themselves. So I’ll keep at it for a while and see how I like it.
Why not give it a try yourself and let me know how you get on!