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The Nanny


Day before yesterday I was looking for inspiration, and found this TED talk by Jane McGonigal entitled "The Game that Can Give You 10 Extra Years of Life", which caught my attention, so I listened. She was a game designer, who had a concussion, and while recuperating she was very depressed and she thought, this is like a game; so, she designed one.

She calls it SuperBetter. It sounded  very cool, kinda different, and another way to do therapy, and it was online, so I signed up yesterday. 

A lot of the game experience is incorporated into it, it's like a personal-Facebook meets Plants VS. Zombies, and it makes you feel better just playing it. It certainly isn't hard, even I could do the first few steps without stressing out, and there's a lot of ways you can design your own levels if you want to, or have them handed to you if you want that too, and you can switch back and forth if that's what you want as well.

All of the Quests, Allies, Power Ups, Bad Guys, and Future Boosts are easily doable at first, and I'm sure they get harder as you go, but they are never too hard. My first ally (you have to get friends and family to help you if possible) was Lynne -- that was kinda hard for me, it was a challenge because I don't like to ask for help, but there could be martinis, so I just went ahead and did it. You just have to work at the things that seem hard.

Your achievements and your ultimate Epic Win are your goals. You get to choose when the game stops. It's fun, it's a game after all, and I really needed this, because I was very close to throwing in the towel and giving up. You can only go on for a while before you start feeling like it's never ever ever getting any better, you're not making any progress. It would be so easy just to give up.

I had a stoke, and working at recovery is a daily thing for me. Daily. As in, every single day. I never take a day off. This game helps with that, makes it easier to stay in the game, as it were. But, it also helps people with depression, injuries, illnesses, or health goals (such as losing weight or quitting smoking), any number of things that can use a little boost which this game provides. It's a feel-good game, but it's also about self-responsibility and goal-setting. There is a lot of science built into it,  which you can read any time along the way. Best of all, it's free and there do not appear to be any ads.

Who knows, I may feel super better after a few weeks with this, and I may not, but it can't hurt me to try it!



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