Overcome Illness, Lose Weight & Quit Smoking Using A Smartphone

Overcome Illness, Lose Weight & Quit Smoking Using A Smartphone

Jane McGonigal's new app helps players overcome health challenges and meet goals through game mechanics.

Allie Walker
  • 28 june 2012

SuperBetter, a tool that was built by game developers and scientists to help people build personal resilience, is now available on the iPhone, making it easier for anyone to reach their health goals.

What does resilience have to do with health? SuperBetter believes:

[Resilience is] the ability to stay strong, motivated and optimistic even in the face of difficulty challenges. Resilience has a powerful effect on health — by boosting physical and emotional well-being. Resilience also helps you achieve your life goals — by strengthening your social support and increasing your stamina, willpower and focus. Every aspect of the game is designed to harness the power of positive emotions and social connection for live, feel, and act better. It [resilience] has been scientifically proven to improve health outcomes of all kinds.

SuperBetter launched in April of 2012 after creator (and world-renowned game designer) Jane McGonigal found herself feeling depressed after suffering a concussion. She created the game ‘Jane the Concussion Slayer’ as a way to ‘beat’ the concussion; this game became the basis for SuperBetter. Developed in conjunction with leading psychologists, doctors, and scientists, SuperBetter can help players reach weight loss goals, stop smoking, or overcome an illness.

Players choose from 25 ‘Power Packs’ (or adventures) designed to help them deal with specific challenges and meet related
goals- by strengthening social, emotional, physical, mental, and physical resilience through tasks.

The addition of an app allows players to access the game anywhere, anytime- making it easier for anyone to build the resilience they need to overcome their personal challenges!

SuperBetter / SuperBetter App


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