In this TED Talk, Jane McGonical gives a compelling “gamer” view of how you can drastically improve your life by playing a simple game every day.
Below are some cool lists that McGonical reviews in her talk, culminating in the 4 “quests” of her game to give you 10 extra years of life.
Top 5 regrets people have on their deathbed:
- I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
- I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
- I wish I had let myself be happier.
- I wish I’d had the courage to express my true self.
- I wish I’d lived a life true to my dreams, instead of what others expected of me.
Yet it seems that somehow, a traumatic event can unlock our ability to lead a life with fewer regrets.
Top 5 things people with “post traumatic growth” say
- My priorities have changed.
- I’m not afraid to do what makes me happy.
- I feel closer to my friends and family.
- I understand myself better. I know who I really am now.
- I have a new sense of meaning and purpose in my life. I’m better able to focus on my goals and dreams.
All of these happen to be the EXACT OPPOSITE of the regrets!
The 4 quests of the game that will expand your lifespan:
- Physical Resilience: Don’t Sit Still. Always Move
- Mental Resilience: Tackling a tiny challenge without giving up to boost your will power
- Emotional Resilience: Experience 3 positive emotions for every negative emotion (by controlling your own experience)
- Social Resilience: Shake someone’s hand for 6 seconds
McGonical theorizes that every year that you boost these 4 types of resilience gives you 46 extra days of life. And the more you strengthen this resiliency, the less of the 5 regrets you will have.
The best way to experience the 4 quests above would be to find new ways to experience them as a part of your normal every day routine.