SuperBetter : A Bite-Sized Review

Full Title of the Book: SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient By Jane McGonigal

I’ve been researching the psychology of games for nearly 15 years. I’ve studied games that decrease anxiety, alleviate depression, prevent pain, and treat PTSD. I’ve analyzed games that increase will power, boost self-esteem, improve attention skills and strengthen family relationships.”

About the Author

Jane McGonigal is essentially a funny, relatable genius superhero, kind of like Tony Stark. However instead of a kickass-Iron Suit, it’s an incredibly effective game that can help you hone into your very own superpowers, and ultimately change your life. McGonigal Ph.D. (naturally) is the Director of Game Research and Development at the institute for the future (Yes that’s a real place!)

When you’ll google her, you’ll quickly learn that Just like Tony Stark (just go with it, I’m commuted here) she’s not only brilliant, she’s famously brilliant in incredible ways.

“Her work has been featured in The Economist, Wired, and The New York Times and on MTV, CNN, and NPR. She has been called one of the top ten innovators to watch (BusinessWeek), one of the one hundred most creative people in business (Fast Company), and one of the fifty most important people in gaming (Game Developers Magazine). Her TED talks have been viewed more than 10 million times. She has developed resilience-building games for the American Heart Association, the World Bank, the Oprah Winfrey Network, the New York Public Library, and Nike. Online:”

Google Reads – Jane McGonigal SuperBetter

What’s it about?

A remarkable game-plan that the author and half a million other people have used to heal trauma, anxiety, depression, PTSD and motivational setbacks to recovery and personal growth. In the age of “life-hacks” SuperBetter is the ultimate, you are turning improving and healing your life into a challenge similar to that of a game.

Whatever your history with games, you have the capacity to tap into your natural strength by playing games and you can learn these gameful strengths to your real life challenges and goals.

Jane McGonigal SuperBetter

3 Key Takeaways

1 – There are games to reduce Anxiety and PTSD

2 – Adopting a gameful mindset can be a gamechanger when working to recover from an injury, illness, surgery, trauma etc. . .

3 – You can start as early as today in improving your life in ways you never thought possible.

1 Pro

When you’re as brilliant as Jane McGonigal, being relatable becomes the key to a successful book that resonates with the masses. One of the reasons I personally appreciate the book so much is due to her wonderfully playful and amicable way of writing that makes you believe she is genuinely a good person, and would even be a good friend of yours. Amazing.

1 Con

This is an interactive book that challenges you often. As someone that enjoys reading books in 1 or 2 sittings, it forced me to slow down because I wanted to accomplish the challenges before continuing.

If you’re not a frequent gamer but you have a gamer in your life, consider taking the time to play together more often.

Jane McGonigal SuperBetter

Cop it or Drop it?

Cop it! It will help you foster stronger, more meaningful relationships between you and the gamers of your life. It will also help you master your own life, and take your recovery game to the next-level. SuperBetter would make an excellent christmas book as well!


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