Life Tips / Personal Development

How games can extend your life

Most of us aspire to be strong, motivated and optimistic even in the face of adversity.  Are some people just gifted that way, or are there things we can do to make this happen?

Like a tree buffeted by a strong wind, we can grow to be stronger when buffeted by adversity.  This kind of strength is called resilience.

It seems that resilience can have a powerful effect on our health — by boosting physical and emotional well-being. Resilience can also help you achieve your life goals — by strengthening your social support and increasing your stamina, willpower and focus.How games can save your life

In her great TED Talk “The Game That Can Give You 10 Extra Years of Life” , Jane McGonigal the games designer talks about her experience in recovering from brain trauma and how she designed a “game” to assist in her recovery.  This gave her the thought that the things she did may make a difference to other people as well.  In her talk she discussed how building 4 types of resilience and how ultimately this can extend our lives.

She encouraged her audience to do some fun things to demonstrate how to build the 4 types of resilience.

Wave your hands in the air – Physical

Spending an hour or over without moving can have a detrimental effect.  By moving in some way, mood levels can be elevated.

Count backwards from 100 by 7 – Willpower

Using willpower strengthens willpower.  If we make ourselves do an activity we get a sense of accomplishment and build our courage.

Shake someone’s hand or say hello to someone – Social

People, like it or not are social creatures:

Peig Sayers lived in the Blasket Islands off the coast of Ireland. The winds were so great that even trees couldn’t survive and she was asked, “How can you live in a place like this?” To which she responded quite simply, “It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.”

Look out the window or look up an image of a baby animal – Emotional

Seeing or hearing (eg music) something enjoyable can have an effect on us.   I’ll leave you to do the image search.


Resilience is an essential ingredient to lead a happy and healthy life.  If we can build resilience, by looking for opportunities to strengthen ourselves, amazing things can happen.



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