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SuperBetter: How a gameful life can make you stronger, happier, braver and more resilient

Narrated by: Jane McGonigal
Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
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Publisher's Summary

A revolutionary new self-help book by top-flight game designer Jane McGonigal.

After suffering a brain injury, Jane McGonigal came up with a game to help aid her recovery and battle the ensuing depression she experienced. Half a million people have now played this game to astonishing results: depression gone in six weeks in some cases and even terminal cancer patients reporting that playing the game gives them a sense of control over their own health.

The book shows readers how to use these techniques to find strength and create positivity: listeners can look to their own 'power-ups', which are little things they can do to feel better and tackle the hurdles in their own lives. This book provides simple, step-by-step ideas that can be carried out in day-to-day life, helping you transform your life with a new flexible and reenergised mind-set.

In this book McGonigal uses her own story and the stories of others to expertly demonstrate how simple changes can result in dramatic, life-affirming effects. And what's more, she tells you how you yourself can lead a more "gameful" life.

©2015 Jane McGonigal (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A candy-crushing, genre-slaying read." (Jennifer Senior, best-selling author of All Joy and No Fun)
"Hundreds of thousands of people have had their lives changed by Jane McGonigal's SuperBetter program." (Charles Duhigg, best-selling author of The Power of Habit)
"This book will make you stop and think, then get you to act." (Daniel H. Pink, best-selling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind)
"The facts are incontrovertible: following the SuperBetter rules makes people happier, more satisfied, less controlled by suffering, and stronger in their relationships with others. It really works." (Amy Cuddy, associate professor at Harvard Business School and author of Presence)
"Fascinating, ground-breaking." (Gretchen Rubin, best-selling author of Better than Before and The Happiness Project)
"A revolutionary testament that game playing is for ANYONE who wants to change their life for the better." (Stacy London, host of What Not to Wear and author of The Truth About Style)
"An innovative guide." (James R. Doty, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine)
"This insightful book shows you how create the life of your dreams, using a gameful approach." (Nilofer Merchant, CEO, Silicon Valley strategist and author of The New How)
"Masterfully written and well researched, Superbetter is literally a game-changer." (Marc Goodman, author of Future Crimes and Chair for Policy, Law & Ethics at Singularity University)
" SuperBetter is an amazing book that fuses psychology and play in an revelatory way." (Felicia Day, creator of Geek and Sundry and author of You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost))
" SuperBetter delivers mind-boggling, science-supported, health-promoting knowledge and practical steps to bring more well-being into your life in a fun and engaging way." (Daniel J. Siegel, MD, Clinical Professor, UCLA School of Medicine and author of Mindset)

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  • Mark Steven Alan Thomas
  • 09-29-16

Had high hopes, demotivated halfway

Like the science of the book and the passive gains.
Got overwhelmed by all the rules and quests, epic wins and power ups. Not good for me at the moment as I am trying to not set goals that are too big for me and expanding the goal til I fail.
But ended on a good note with adventures.
Read it and take away what works for you. Definitely something in there for anyone.

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  • Steve Biddick
  • 02-09-19

Loses track of its purpose halfway through.

I enjoyed the first part, in which JMcG introduces a wealth of fascinating research and opinion.

She seems to run out of steam about 60% of the way through. After this, the book becomes somewhat repetitive and descends into list-like regurgitation of the UGC generated by the app of the same name.

I managed a few chapters of this before giving up. I remain a fan.

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  • Mihai Olaru
  • 06-29-18

Bit by bit helps to move forward

Brilliantly read by the author.
Enjoyed every second.
Energising and motivating.
It makes me start moving my “niash” and do something with my life.
Worth listening to the end.