*Thanks to my friend Mary Andragna for introducing me to this.*
Jane McGonigal is a game designer and very prolific speaker at TED. After spending three months in bed with post-concussion symptoms leading to suicidal thoughts, she was inspired to create a role-playing recovery game to heal her brain.
Although she offers a ton of useful information in 15 minutes, here’s just a few of the golden nuggets of awesome I pulled from her speech.
- On-line games can outperform pharmaceuticals for treating clinical anxiety and depression.
- People can get stronger and happier after a traumatic event. This is called post-traumatic growth.
- The 3-to-1 positive emotion ratio = Experience three positive emotions for every one negative emotion.
- People who regularly boost these 4 types of resilience… Emotional: regularly achieving the 3-1 positive emotion ratio, Physical: never sitting still for more than an hour at a time, Social: reaching out to someone you care about every day, Mental: tackling tiny goals to boost your will power, live 10 years longer than everyone else.
I hope this has inspired you to think about how you can increase your life span and make yourself stronger.
Which one are you going to start with, my friendly blog reader?
I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments below!
p.s. For those of you in the South East Michigan area, I’m offering personal development classes through the Brandon Community education department in May and June. Look at the calendar of events page for more information. People are signing up already and space is limited, so if you’re thinking of attending, you’ll want to register early. E-mail me at [email protected] or call the Brandon Community Ed Dept. at 248-627-1816 Monday – Saturday 7am-12pm & 6:30pm – 8pm, to save your spot.