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Welcome to the book club!

In Uncategorized on July 7, 2020 at 11:42 am

I can’t wait to discuss my latest New York Times bestseller SuperBetter: The Power of Living Gamefully with you. It’s powered by the science of games, to help you build lasting resilience. The habits you’ll learn in this book are backed by data from more than 1 million people who have used the SuperBetter game to recover from depression, anxiety, and trauma, and to get stronger for life.

Get the ebook.

Get the paperback.

Get the audiobook.

“More than one million people have had their lives changed by Jane McGonigal’s SuperBetter program, and I see why. It’s a marriage of positive psychology with pioneering insights from cutting-edge game design. This is a plan for profound growth in the face of whatever challenges life throws at you – and whatever ones you can throw at yourself.” – Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit

“At the heart of SUPERBETTER is a simple and potentially transformative idea: We can use the same psychological strengths we display when we play games to confront real-life challenges, whether it’s illness, injury, or just changing our habits for the better. Grounded in research and informed by McGonigal’s own sometimes harrowing experiences, this book will make you stop and think, then get you to act.” – Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind.

“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, even if you are facing epic challenges like anxiety, depression, traumatic brain injury, or medical illness. Visionary innovator and researcher Jane McGonigal provides the proof and the practices that reveal how living a ‘gameful’ life can help you get personally stronger, closer to others, clearer in your mind, braver in your actions, and a greater hero in your own unfolding life story. SUPERBETTER is a playful, hands-on manual immersing you directly in challenges and adventures of creative gaming to develop more flexibility and resilience as you transform your life.” – Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., Clinical Professor, UCLA School of Medicine and author of Mindsight

In this dazzling manifesto, Jane McGonigal knits together state-of-the-art research, moving anecdotes, and extremely satisfying mini-challenges to show us how games—video and otherwise—hold the key to a more productive, joyous life. A game designer by training and an empath by nature, McGonigal uses every power-up at her disposal to convince her audience that the very tools we deploy in imaginary worlds can be used to overcome struggles in everyday life. The result is a candy-crushing, genre-slaying read, for which fans will surely be sending her gratitude notes for years to come.” – Jennifer Senior, Op-Ed Editor for New York Times and author of All Joy and No Fun

You might also like my previous book Reality is Broken.

Get the ebook.

Get the paperback.

A visionary game designer reveals how we can harness the power of games to boost global happiness.

With 174 million gamers in the United States alone, we now live in a world where every generation will be a gamer generation. But why, Jane McGonigal asks, should games be used for escapist entertainment alone? In this groundbreaking book, she shows how we can leverage the power of games to fix what is wrong with the real world-from social problems like depression and obesity to global issues like poverty and climate change-and introduces us to cutting-edge games that are already changing the business, education, and nonprofit worlds. Written for gamers and non-gamers alike, Reality Is Broken shows that the future will belong to those who can understand, design, and play games.

Avatar study!

In Uncategorized on January 15, 2018 at 1:19 pm

Help SuperBetter at Work understand the connection between the art and words we love, and our own personal strengths. Take this five-minute survey… (LINK COMING LATER TODAY!) it’s fun and you’ll be a part of the first study of its kind!Bamboo_AvatarButterfly_AvatarClairvoyantV2DragonElf_AvatarFaceless_GuideV2Fire_SpiritInitiatorV2Joe_AvatarLeader_AvatarMageMoon_AvatarMountain_AvatarNymphae_AvatarOrigami_Heart_AvatarPlant&DemonRainbow_AvatarRockySacky_AvatarShamanV2ShidoShroom_AvatarSilent_GuideV2Stone_Statue&The_Wisdom_SpiritStoryTellerSun_AvatarTornado_AvatarTotemV2TravelerTree_Avatar

Book giveaway!

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2016 at 3:59 pm

To celebrate the holidays this year, I’m going to give away 50 signed, personalized copies of my book SuperBetter (United States mailing addresses only):

  • at least 40 hardback copies
  • and 10 audiobook copies (CD format, not MP3 — sorry, I know most people don’t listen to anything on CD anymore, but if your car has a CD player, this could be useful!)

I will personalize the book or the CDs to you, or to anyone you want!

All I ask is that you pay for shipping (via Paypal). I will be shipping it priority USPS, so that’s $6.

If you are interested in a free, personalized signed book, send an email to janemcgonigal@yahoo.com and please use the subject BOOK or AUDIOBOOK (depending on which you want). Include your mailing address so I know you’re in the United States. I will reply if you are one of the first 50 to respond, ask who you want me to sign it to and let you know how to send me $6 on paypal 🙂

If you would like a BUNCH of signed books to give to people (up to 10 books) let me know and I can see what I can do 🙂

I will ship these books in early December.

How to think like a futurist: Recommended readings

In Uncategorized on September 12, 2016 at 6:43 pm

Download the syllabus for Stanford Continuing Studies Course “How to Think Like a Futurist”: how-to-think-like-a-futurist-stanford-cs-jane-mcgonigal

Week one: Creativity

General reading/viewing

The 2080 Census: The World as we Don’t Know It

Look back twice as far as you want to look forward: the Census throughout history

Scientific papers

A taxonomy of prospection

  • the four modes of future thinking: simulation, prediction, intention, and planning (a cognitive science/neuroscience perspective)

Fit between future thinking and future orientation on creative imagination

  • increasing the temporal distance of future thinking facilitates creative thinking
  • Additionally, one’s creative imagination can be improved when thinking timescales and future orientation are aligned

Self-projection and the brain (3 core processes are the same)

Counterfactual thinking: an FMRI study on changing the past for a better future

Remembering what could have happened: Neural correlates of episodic counterfactual thinking

Episodic future thinking and episodic counterfactual thinking: Intersections between memory and decisions

Neural activity associated with self, other, and object-based counterfactual thinking

With an eye toward the future: The Impact of Counterfactual thinking on Affect, Attitudes and Behavior

Cognitive neuroscience of human counterfactual reasoning (past and future)

From what might have been to what must have been: Counterfactual thinking creates meaning

The functional theory of counterfactual thinking

Is there a core neural network in empathy?

The social cognitive neuroscience of empathy

Two systems for empathy

The necessity of others in the mother of invention

Week two: Imagination

General reading/viewing

Six Rules for Effective Forecasting

Institute for the Future – Ten-Year Forecasts

Learning is Earning in the National Learning Economy – Institute for the Future Research Map

The Story of the Chinese Farmer (video)

Society as a Social Invention and You as a Social Inventor

Foresight Signals: A Futurist’s Vacation Reading List

Scientific papers

Desirable and undesirable futures call for different scene construction processes

 

Week three: Personal change

General reading/viewing

The psychology of future you (Video)

Scientific papers

Time Metrics Matter: Connecting Present and Future Selves

When does the future begin? A study in maximising motivation

Psychological connectedness to the future self

Episodic Future Thinking Reduces Reward Delay Discounting through an Enhancement of Prefrontal-Mediotemporal Interactions

The Future is Now: Reducing Impulsivity Using Episodic Future Thinking

Become more optimistic by imagining a best possible self

“Remembering and imagining: the role of the self” (focusing stories about the future on significant narrative/goal milestones to enhance creativity/foresight)

Episodic future thought and its relationship to remembering (on the importance of signal exposure for autobiographical futures)

Eye movement disrupts future episodic thinking (on the importance of visual-spatial details in autobiographical futures)

“Back to the future: Autobiographical planning and the functionality of mind-wandering”

Week four: Influence

General reading/viewing

Some hints on writing preferred futures

Visioning and future studies and Why imagine the future?

Wanted: Professors of Foresight

Six Artifacts from the Future

Week five: Collective Imagination

General reading/viewing

What If? Everybody on Earth jumped at the same time

What If? Everyone actually had only one soul mate?

Measures of future orientation and self-efficacy

Development of future orientation and self-efficacy – see Appendix A for measurement tools

Time Perspective Inventory

happy holidays… with a personalized YouTube video from me!

In Uncategorized on December 14, 2015 at 3:35 pm

Here’s a fun idea for a holiday gift for someone you hope will have an amazing year in 2016:

Give someone a copy of SuperBetter (any version — hardback, Kindle, or audio) and I’ll make a personalized YouTube video for them wishing them a happy new year full of adventure, power-ups and creativity as they vanquish their bad guys and achieve their biggest goals.

Buy a copy for yourself, and I’ll make you a video too 🙂

Here’s how it works. Buy any copy online and forward the email confirmation to jane@superbetter.com.  If you bought it at brick-and-mortar store, snap a photo of the receipt and send me that. I’ll email you a link to an unlisted Youtube video! BE SURE TO INCLUDE THE NAME OF THE PERSON I AM MAKING THE VIDEO FOR SO I CAN SAY THEIR NAME IN THE VIDEO! And include any other relevant information you’d like to help me personalize it even more.

Note: This is valid for copies purchased December 14 – 31, 2015 only.

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“Hundreds of thousands of people have had their lives changed by Jane McGonigal’s SuperBetter program, and I see why. It’s a marriage of positive psychology with pioneering insights from cutting-edge game design. This is a plan for profound growth in the face of whatever challenges life throws at you – and whatever ones you can throw at yourself.” – Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit

 

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Come play with me at SUPERBETTER events this fall!

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2015 at 6:35 pm

Superbetter_3dI’ll be on the road this September and October for the SUPERBETTER book launch. I’m doing lots of public events, so come out and see me — we’ll talk, we’ll play a game, I’ll sign books!

If you see me coming to your city and would like to organize another talk or book signing (at a school, your company, a bookstore, wherever!) email me! I’m jane@avantgame.com

IF YOU REALLY WANT TO COME SEE ME AND YOU LIVE IN A CITY WHERE THE ONLY TALK I’M DOING REQUIRES AN EXPENSIVE CONFERENCE OR FESTIVAL PASS, TWEET AT ME AND I WILL SEE IF I CAN SMUGGLE YOU IN. SERIOUSLY. @avantgame

EDMONTON

September 10 – IGNITE Festival (festival pass required)

NEW YORK CITY

September 15 – New York Public Library, Celeste Bartos Forum (Midtown) – 6 PM – save the date

September 16 – NYU Game Lab (Brooklyn) – 7 PM – save the date

BOSTON

September 17 – Google HQ (employees only) – 11 AM

September 17 – MIT’s Bartos Theatre – 7 PM – event details

SEATTLE

September 21 – Town Hall – 7:30 PM – reserve your ticket

MOUNTAIN VIEW

September 22 – Computer History Museum – 6:30 PM – register now

TORONTO

September 24 – Ramsay Talks at the Hot Docs Cinema – 6:30 PM – ticket required

September 25 – Rotman School of Business – 8 AM – ticket required

NANTUCKET

September 26 – The Nantucket Project – conference pass required

SANTA CRUZ

September 28 – The Bookshop – 7 PM – details here

CHICAGO

September 30 – 1871 in the Merchandise Mart – reserve your ticket now!

PORTLAND

October 5 – Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing – details coming soon!

LOS ANGELES

October 30 – Playful Learning Summit – ticket required

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Win private coaching, a custom secret identity, and more

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2015 at 1:50 pm

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I’m giving away a LOT of cool rewards to everyone who preorders my new book. Here’s how it works:

STEP ONE: Preorder my new book.

(Just click here: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble online,  Indiebound)

STEP TWO: Fill out this 30-second form!

Here’s what you’ll get:

EVERYONE WINS three awesome rewards: 

1. a signed book plate with a handwritten message from me

2. VIP access to a private Google hangout/online chat, where I will answer all your questions about ANYTHING YOU WANT!

3. a secret code for a brand new SUPERBETTER power pack full of quests, power-ups and bad guys that will ONLY be available to people who pre-order the book. (Download the power pack on the SuperBetter.com website or app)

You will also be entered to win a few really special rewards…

* your own custom SUPERBETTER adventure, designed by ME for YOU: tell me what challenge you want to tackle or a change you want to make, and I will work with SuperBetter’s science advisors to create a totally personalized set of quests, power-ups and bad guys JUST FOR YOU (1 winner)

* a brand new secret identity that I invent for you, based on a “signature strengths” and a “hero dream team” quest that you and I will do together (2 winners)

* a private online SUPERBETTER coaching session with Jane, via Google Hangout or Skype! (3 winners)

(If you win, you can keep the prize or give it to anyone you want… make someone’s day by helping them get superbetter!)

Remember: 1. Pre-order the book. 2. Fill out this form. YOU WIN!

You’re surrounded by potential allies

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2015 at 2:46 pm

Are you looking for potential allies? The world is full of people getting SuperBetter! Click on a tagboard to find YOUR next ally…

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Praise for SUPERBETTER the book!

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2015 at 7:13 am

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“Hundreds of thousands of people have had their lives changed by Jane McGonigal’s SuperBetter program, and I see why. It’s a marriage of positive psychology with pioneering insights from cutting-edge game design. This is a plan for profound growth in the face of whatever challenges life throws at you – and whatever ones you can throw at yourself.” – Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit

Check out what others have to say about SUPERBETTER the book, and then join the movement (and the fun!) by pre-ordering it now!

Get it on Amazon.com * * * Get it on Indiebound.com * * * Get it on Barnes & Noble ***

Help your company get superbetter with a 40% discount on orders of 100 copies or more via CEOReads!

Don’t we all want to be better than before? If fact, we’d like to be super better! Jane McGonigal’s fascinating, ground-breaking approach shows how ‘living gamefully’ can help us lead happier, healthier, more engaged lives.” – Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of Better Than Before and The Happiness Project

“Many of us struggle to overcome challenges that seem overwhelming. Jane McGonigal has taken her immense knowledge of the science of gaming to create an innovative guide that allowed her to overcome her greatest challenge and now, thankfully, is available to each of us to overcome our own.” – James R. Doty, M.D., Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine

“At the heart of SUPERBETTER is a simple and potentially transformative idea: We can use the same psychological strengths we display when we play games to confront real-life challenges, whether it’s illness, injury, or just changing our habits for the better. Grounded in research and informed by McGonigal’s own sometimes harrowing experiences, this book will make you stop and think, then get you to act.” – Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind.

“Jane McGonigal’s book is an inspiring one about overcoming personal obstacles, and a revolutionary testament that game playing is for ANYONE who wants to change their life for the better.  To become stronger, braver, and happier, you have to ‘play with a purpose.’ And if you don’t know what that means, get ready… you will.” – Stacy London, host What Not to Wear and author of The Truth About Style

In this dazzling manifesto, Jane McGonigal knits together state-of-the-art research, moving anecdotes, and extremely satisfying mini-challenges to show us how games—video and otherwise—hold the key to a more productive, joyous life. A game designer by training and an empath by nature, McGonigal uses every power-up at her disposal to convince her audience that the very tools we deploy in imaginary worlds can be used to overcome struggles in everyday life. The result is a candy-crushing, genre-slaying read, for which fans will surely be sending her gratitude notes for years to come.” – Jennifer Senior, author of All Joy and No Fun

“SUPERBETTER is an amazing book that fuses psychology and play in an revelatory way. With a wonderfully encouraging writing style, Jane morphs the tropes of gaming into an empowering tool set for change. SUPERBETTER is impeccably researched, extremely accessible, and sure to inspire gamers and non-gamers to adopt gameful techniques into their day-to-day lives. The sword of self-improvement never seemed easier to wield against the monsters lurking in one’s mind!” – 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, even if you are facing epic challenges like anxiety, depression, traumatic brain injury, or medical illness. Visionary innovator and researcher Jane McGonigal provides the proof and the practices that reveal how living a ‘gameful’ life can help you get personally stronger, closer to others, clearer in your mind, braver in your actions, and a greater hero in your own unfolding life story. SUPERBETTER is a playful, hands-on manual immersing you directly in challenges and adventures of creative gaming to develop more flexibility and resilience as you transform your life.” – Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., Clinical Professor, UCLA School of Medicine and author of Mindsight

“You can’t think your way out of a problem, but you can work your way out of a problem. SUPERBETTER shows us that it’s also possible, and maybe even healthier, to play your way out of a problem. Especially if you’re a silly person, like me or Stephen Hawking.” – Rob Delaney, comedian and author of Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.

“Until you understand yourselves as the hero of your own story, you’ll never make a dent in the world. 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

“Jane McGonigal is easily one of the most innovative thinkers in gaming today. In SUPERBETTER, she reveals to the world a great secret that avid game players kept for years: games are not a waste of your time; they can make you stronger, happier and more mindful. Reading this book is a compelling quest for anyone – whether you play games regularly, or you just have an open mind about them.” – Asi Burak, President of Games for Change

““This book is a wise and compassionate distillation of a wealth of good research about the psychology and neuroscience of resilience and social support, married to a game framework that itself comes out of rigorous new science into the psychology and neuroscience of gaming.  SuperBetter has been studied in action by the University of Pennsylvania and the National Institutes of Health, among others, and 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

“Masterfully written and well researched, SUPERBETTER is literally a game-changer for anybody looking to build resilience in their lives. Though today’s rapidly evolving world can often seem overwhelming, McGonigal offers an important and timely roadmap to take back control of our own lives and focus on what really matters.” – Marc Goodman, author of Future Crimes and Chair for Policy, Law & Ethics at Singularity University

“SUPERBETTER gives you a simple, specific, potent strategy for becoming psychologically stronger: the regular, purposeful use of games in your everyday life. Based on cutting-edge science, it will overturn many assumptions you may have made about games. And the real kicker is that the writing style of Jane McGonigal is a game in itself!” – Todd Kashdan, professor of psychology at George Mason University, and author of The Upside of Your Dark Side

Get it on Amazon.com * * * Get it on Indiebound.com * * * Get it on Barnes & Noble ***

Help your company get superbetter with a 40% discount on orders of 100 copies or more via CEOReads!

Where to find allies online

In Uncategorized on February 19, 2015 at 2:17 pm

***If you’ve created or are participating in a SuperBetter support or ally group, add a link to it in the comments!***

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Art by Finlay Cowan. http://www.superbetter.com

Social media

You can discover fellow players by searching for the hashtag #superbetter on social media networks, like Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. (I’ve made a surprising number of virtual allies this way!)

#SuperBetter on Twitter

#SuperBetter on Instagram – search via Iconosquare ; #SuperBetter on Instagram – search via Websta

#SuperBetter on Tumblr

#SuperBetter on Pinterest

Discussion forums

There are also discussion forums and social media groups online for just about any challenge you can imagine. Not sure where to start? I’ve gathered links to popular forums and groups for the most common SuperBetter challenges. You may find it helpful to explain the SuperBetter method to others on the forum by sharing a link to the book, the online app, or the TED talk. Or post this image!

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Addiction, recovery and rehab: Recovery.org community

Anxiety: Anxiety Forum, Anxiety and Depression Support Group on Facebook

Chronic Illness: Healingwell.com support forums have active communities for challenges like Chrohn’s, Fibromyalgia, migraines, Rheumatoid Athritis, and more

Depression: /r/depression 

Fitness and Weight Loss: My Fitness Pal forums, Fitocracy online community

IBS: IBS self help and support forums

LGBT support: Empty Closets forums

Mental health: Psychcentral Forums have active, thriving communities for BiPolar, Eating disorders, OCD, Self-injury and more

Parenting: /r/parenting, Mothering forums

Pregnancy and Babies: TheBump forumsBaby Center community

PTSD: MyPTSD.com,

Running: Runner’s world forums

Social Anxiety: Social Anxiety Forum and Support

Support for anything and everything: Try supportgroups.com for support with everything from loneliness, stress and relationship challenges to anger management, pet loss, and grief

These are just the tip of the iceberg. There are countless more out there, so if you don’t find what you need here, make it a quest to find one more today!

***If you’ve created or are participating in a SuperBetter support or ally group, add a link to it in the comments!***