Getting SuperBetter with Thankfulness

Tonight I watched a fascinating Ted Talk by Jane McGonigal called “The Game That Can Give You 10 Extra Years of Life.” I encourage you to spend some time watching (if you watch the whole thing you’ll spend less than 20 minutes). 

Jane McGonigal TED

During her presentation, McGonigal mentions the top 5 regrets of dying people I had mentioned in an earlier post. She then explained how gaming, and particularly her game SuperBetter, helped people create lives that minimize those regrets.

One of the core strategies of SuperBetter is emotional resilience, and thankfulness is a key component. During her talk McGonigal encourages people to text or tweet someone to express their appreciation.

You can tweet your gratitude, but I would encourage you to consider sharing your gratitude face to face. It’s not the only way, but perhaps it’s the best.

Who are you going to express your thankfulness to today? The brain chemistry says if you express your thankfulness every day, you will level up and live longer.