January 11, 2018
by Daniel
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We’re Looking for a Few Good Moderators! (For the SuperBetter Community!)

Hi, everyone,

Hope you enjoyed the holidays!

A few weeks back we announced the new official SuperBetter community group on Facebook. The response from the community has been tremendously positive, and as of this writing the group is already a few hundred members strong. Every day there are new members joining, and every day there are new posts sharing insights, tips, wisdom, and mutual support.

As mentioned in the previous announcement, the SuperBetter team is busy pouring its energy and resources into making SuperBetter At Work the best possible employee well-being and resilience tool that it can be. So in order to keep the official SuperBetter community group a positive, welcoming, and safe space we’re going to need the help of our allies – that’s you!

We’re reaching out to the SuperBetter community to see if there are any heroes out there who would like to serve as volunteer moderators for the Facebook group.

The main tasks that moderators would be responsible for can be summarized as follows:

  • Accepting new “join group” requests.
  • Checking into the group regularly to make sure everything is okay. (The details of this will be explained further below.)
  • Moderating threads in the event of conflict among members.
  • Giving friendly warnings to those who break community guidelines.
  • If necessary, banning anyone from the group who repeatedly violates community guidelines.

If you’re interested in becoming a moderator, there are two things we ask you to do first.

(1) Scroll down and read the list of moderator duties to make sure this is something you can realistically do. Because this would be a voluntary role, we need allies who are interested to fully understand the tasks that would be entrusted to them. It shouldn’t be a lot of work, but being a moderator isn’t for everyone!

(2) After reading the full list of moderator tasks below, if you’re still interested please fill out a short form at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/YkBRE1p3zahOPx912

Once we have enough allies raising hands we’ll pick a handful of folks whom we feel would make the best fit for the role, based on your answers on the form.


FULL LIST OF COMMUNITY MODERATOR TASKS

Please read if you’re interested in becoming a moderator!

  • Accepting new “join group” requests. 99% of the time, people who request to join will be real people who are fans of SuperBetter. We therefore won’t be strict with approving requests like some groups are. If, however, a member later repeatedly spams or breaks rules, then their membership can be revoked.
  • Regularly checking into the group to make sure all is well. We know some days will be busier for moderators than others, so checking in multiple times a day won’t be necessary. Even checking in every day won’t always be necessary. But we ask that you try to check in on a reasonably regular basis to make sure everything is okay. The next bullet point below will cover what’s “okay” and what isn’t.
  • Remove any inappropriate posts/comments. We don’t expect this will happen often but as membership grows it might happen occasionally. An “inappropriate” post/comment would be considered any of the following:
    • Something that is hateful towards any person or group.
    • Something that is an obvious attempt to sell an unrelated product (shoes, cameras, etc.). Members are welcome to share things like links to their blog or creative works as long as the theme is related, it’s not too frequent, and as long as that’s not the only thing they are sharing.
    • Something that isn’t relevant to SuperBetter. It doesn’t always have to be directly about SuperBetter per se as long as it is at least indirectly related in some way (a link to an article about off-road racing, for example, would most likely be unrelated while a post about New Year’s resolutions could be related – just use your best judgement).
  • Keep the peace. Again, this probably won’t happen often, but sometimes there may be times when a thread is at risk of getting emotionally heated or personal. A moderator’s task would be to step in and try to cool things down. Ideally, a polite reminder should be all that’s needed. If that doesn’t work, then it may be necessary to use the “Turn off commenting” function for that thread.
  • Don’t take sides while moderating. Moderators are always welcome to start their own threads and share their own experiences and stories, just like regular members. But if there’s conflict in a thread and you have to step in to moderate, don’t take sides or get emotionally involved. Simply keep things positive, safe, and welcoming.
  • Offer friendly warnings to rule breakers and, if necessary, ban repeat offenders from the group. The best thing to do when a member violates a group guideline is to politely remind them of the guideline they’re breaking. If for some reason someone keeps breaking the same guideline, then it might be necessary to “ban” that person from the group. If it does become necessary to ban someone, please do it discreetly and don’t announce it to the whole group.
  • Respect and trust each other’s judgement as moderators. This will be necessary for this system to work since we will have several moderators. If another moderator makes a decision to close commenting on a thread, delete a thread, or ban a member, try to respect that moderator’s decision and trust that it was for a good reasons. If we second guess each other this system won’t work.
  • In general, be lenient and give people the benefit of the doubt. This is meant to be an accepting, loving community so we don’t want to be overly vigilant or strict. Every now and then people might make mistakes. Just politely point out their mistake and ask them to avoid doing it again. Only do something as drastic as banning a member if it’s becoming a repeated problem.
  • Don’t abuse the moderator role. We don’t expect this would ever happen in our group but it has been known to happen in other Facebook groups. This means not deleting a member’s post or banning anyone from the group for personal reasons if they aren’t violating any guidelines.

December 14, 2017
by Daniel
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Join the New SuperBetter Official Community Group on Facebook

Hello, Allies!

We are pleased to announce a new place where all of us in the SuperBetter community can connect online to recruit allies, share ideas, be supported, find inspiration, and give encouragement to others.

Sound good? To join, simply follow this link (or the one directly below). Find the blue “Join Group” button at the top of the group page and click it. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you will need to start one before joining the group. As soon as your request to join is approved by a group admin, you will be able to start posting and interacting.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/superbetter/

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A New Place to Find Online Allies

The SuperBetter Official Community Group on Facebook will replace the previous SuperBetter Forum. The forum’s technology was outdated and difficult to maintain, causing it to be unreliable and down too much of the time. After carefully weighing many options, we determined the best way to support the community was to switch to a more reliable solution that would be familiar, easy to maintain, and include many convenient forum-like features.

The SuperBetter Official Community Group on Facebook is a place to connect with others using the original SuperBetter app and website that we make available for free to anyone around the world. Our hope is that it will become a helpful, interactive hub for recruiting allies, sharing ideas and supporting one another.

We recently announced a new version of SuperBetter being developed for the workplace. With limited resources, our small team is heads down making SuperBetter At Work the best possible employee resilience-building tool.  For that reason, we will not be heavily managing the new Facebook group directly. We will provide the space, but it will be up to the members of the SuperBetter community – that is, all of you – to make the SuperBetter Official Facebook Group a living, breathing place.

In the new year we’ll reach out to the community and ask for volunteers to serve as admins for the SuperBetter Group. These will be the people who will help the group run smoothly and make sure that things like spam and inappropriate content are filtered out. An announcement for the admin search will be made in a future post on the SuperBetter blog and Facebook group, so please keep an eye out if this sounds like something you’d be interested in.

That’s all for now, Allies. We hope you are enjoying the holiday season thus far. Stay warm and may your days be merry and bright!

25 successful people

December 12, 2017
by Daniel
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‘Success’ Announces Their Success 25 List – Guess Who’s on It?

25 successful people

(via Success.com)

Hi, Allies, we just wanted to quickly share some fun and exciting news with you about Jane McGonigal, the beloved creator of SuperBetter.

Each year, the business magazine Success puts out its “Success 25” list. The precise title of the list varies a bit from year to year, but the basic premise is the same: these are the twenty-five people that Success magazine feels can most help to change your life for the better in the year to come.

They recently published their fourth annual list, “25 Successful People Who’ll Help Change Your Life in 2018.” And guess what? Jane is on the list! And not only that, her twin sister Kelly McGonigal is on it as well! Talk about Wonder Twin powers!

In the article that accompanies the list, Success tells their readers that they strive to make each year’s list as quantifiable as they can:

“We comb through best-seller lists, social media statistics, video views, blog posts, podcast downloads, and media and speaking appearances to uncover the authors, speakers and teachers who have done the most good.”

Jane has certainly been busy doing good this year with a new TED talk about futurism, numerous speaking engagements around the world, and her involvement with SuperBetter At Work. So it’s great to see her work acknowledged this way.

Here is the link to the article:

https://www.success.com/article/25-successful-people-wholl-help-change-your-life-in-2018

If you’re a fan of Jane and SuperBetter, we encourage you to check it out!

superbetter at work

October 30, 2017
by Daniel
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Join the SuperBetter at Work Testing Panel

Greetings, Allies!

Last week we shared exciting news about the work that we’ve been doing to achieve our Epic Win of unlocking the heroic potential of organizations and communities around the world through a new project called SuperBetter at Work.

This week we’re reaching out to the SuperBetter community to help us make SuperBetter at Work the best possible tool for helping people in the workplace. We’re putting together a team of SuperBetter panelists to test the new platform, try out new content, and give us feedback for improvements.

superbetter at work panel

Sound fun and interesting? It will be!

Now let’s answer some questions you might be having:


What will I be doing?

You’ll be testing the SuperBetter at Work platform and trying out the Adventure content. “Adventures” are similar to the “Power Packs” in the free version of the SuperBetter app. You’ll then share your thoughts and feedback with us.


How much time will it take?

This first testing period will be two weeks: one week to test the platform and another week to try out three different Adventures (i.e. “Power Packs”). The first week will involve roughly about 10 minutes a day for five days. The second week will involve about 30-40 minutes for each of the three Adventures.

NOTE: This will be the first feedback project for our team of SuperBetter panelists, and we may reach out to panelists again in the future to try out other features (though it will always be optional to participate).


Will I get something for my time?

You bet! If you join the feedback panel, once this first testing period is over and you’ve completed your feedback we’ll send you a free SuperBetter t-shirt as our way of saying thanks. Plus, you’ll get the chance to check out SuperBetter at Work before anyone else. And you’ll be one of the people whose opinions help shape the final product. Yay, bragging rights!

SuperBetter t-shirt


How do I sign up?

We thought you’d never ask! Just click on the link below which will take you to an online form that you can fill out and submit. If you’re interested, please submit the form by midnight (CST) on Nov. 12.  After that, we’ll close the application process and then you’ll hear back from us soon.

https://goo.gl/forms/wwdiw1z1RklUHOHz1


Hope to have you on the team!

Yours Gamefully,

The SuperBetter Team

October 25, 2017
by Daniel
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Growing SuperBetter’s Impact in the World

Hello, Allies!

We are excited to share this update with you.

If you’ve read the SuperBetter book, you know that one of the seven rules of living gamefully is to go for Epic Wins.  At SuperBetter, our Epic Win is to unlock the heroic potential of individuals, organizations and communities around the world.  This is our North Star.

We’ve identified a pathway to this Epic Win that holds the greatest promise for impact and sustainability.

Inspired by Jane’s quote, “You are surrounded by potential allies,” we’ve embarked on a path to create special, mission-aligned partnerships to bring custom versions of SuperBetter to several large markets in the coming years.  The first leg of this journey is employers and a new version of SuperBetter designed to transform the workplace with gameful resilience.

SuperBetter Is Coming to the Workplace

superbetter at work bannerThis month we announced a major partnership to bring our proven SuperBetter Live Gamefully™ methodology to the workplace.  Our partner, Abound Wellbeing, is a mission-aligned, private-equity backed health improvement company that equips employees and organizations to thrive in today’s rapidly changing marketplace.

SuperBetter At Work is their flagship product.  We’ve collaborated to create an amazing version of SuperBetter fully customized for the distinct needs of employees and employers.  Beginning early next year, SuperBetter At Work™ will be available to employees across America as part of their employers’ well-being programs.

Our Science Is Getting Attention

Two really big updates here:

world psychiatry logoFirst, World Psychiatry just published the first-ever meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating the efficacy of smartphone-based mental health interventions for depression.   The SuperBetter study at the University of Pennsylvania is 1 of 18 quality RCTs included in the meta-analysis. The analysis shows that SuperBetter had the largest effect among the 22 apps evaluated in these 18 RCTs.  In other words, SuperBetter helped the most in reducing symptoms of depression.  Power-up!

Second, this summer Brain Injury published an NIH-funded clinical study conducted at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.  In the study, teens with persistent concussion symptoms who played SuperBetter for 3-6 weeks and received standard medical care had significantly greater reduction in symptoms compared to a control group that received only standard medical care. You can read a terrific story about the study in USA Today.

The SuperBetter Community Is Awesome

The global SuperBetter Community is now more than 700,000 strong.  We are humbled and inspired by the grassroots passion, interest and support for SuperBetter and its potential to create positive change in the world. It warms our hearts to hear your stories, learn about therapists recommending SuperBetter to patients, and discover teachers using our gameful approach in their classrooms to increase student resilience.

Please know that as we follow our path to partnerships, we plan to continue to make the existing SuperBetter apps and website available for FREE, so anyone around the world can use them.

This version of SuperBetter is truly free.  We don’t sell anyone’s data or use in-product advertising.  We’ll continue to do the best we can with available resources to maintain this free service.  As you play SuperBetter, please keep in mind that our resources are limited and be forgiving if you discover bugs or it takes a while to respond to a question.

If you’ve played SuperBetter lately, you’ll notice that we recently pushed new updates for the iOS and Android apps, fixed bugs, and added Power Packs. The technical team is now working on a plan to address access issues with the forum.

As always, we welcome your feedback, suggestions and ideas. The best way to reach us is to visit http://feedback.superbetter.com or email us at [email protected].

Yours Gamefully,

The SuperBetter Team

August 11, 2015
by Violet
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You could win a custom SuperBetter adventure!

SuperBetter book

You already know SuperBetter is a gameful way of living that can change your life, and now there’s a book that proves it.  If you’re ready to get even stronger, happier, braver, and more resilient, then you don’t want to miss this!

SuperBetter creator Jane McGonigal’s book comes out in just a few weeks, and you can sign up today to be one of the first people to read it.  Even cooler, Jane is offering some incredible prizes for a few lucky winners, including a private coaching session and custom secret identities.

Best of all, absolutely everybody who pre-orders SuperBetter gets VIP access to a Google hangout where Jane will answer your questions about anything and everything.  To see all the awesome rewards and learn more about how to sign up to get them, click here!

August 4, 2015
by Keith
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Jane on The Tim Ferriss Show

jane-mcgonigal-on-the-tim-ferriss-show2SuperBetter creator Jane McGonigal discusses the Health Benefits of Games on The Tim Ferriss Show.

In this conversation, Tim and Jane dig into everything from recovering from head trauma to how you can use Candy Crush Saga to lose weight. Not enough? How about using Tetris to prevent PTSD, or using Call of Duty to increase empathy?

And, of course, SuperBetter…

Click here to listen to the full podcast.

 

July 28, 2015
by Keith
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SuperBetter Science Update

g4h.2015.4.issue-3.coverAmazing news! A randomized controlled study of SuperBetter was published in the June 2015 edition of the Games for Health Journal. That’s right, the benefits of using SuperBetter are now confirmed in a study that has been published in a scientific peer-reviewed journal.

The study, conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, found that using SuperBetter for 30 days significantly reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety; and increased life satisfaction, social support, and the belief in one’s ability to succeed and achieve goals.

SuperBetter helps you be stronger for life – by increasing resilience. Resilience is the ability to stay strong, motivated and optimistic even in the face of difficult challenges.

July 21, 2015
by Keith
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A SuperBetter story

We are super excited to learn about the many ways that SuperBetter is helping people be stronger for life.

Today, we share an amazing story from Melissa Decapua’s blog, Modern Nurse.

Melissa writes:I originally fell in love with SuperBetter when I watched a 2012 TED talk by the creator Dr. Jane McGonigal called, “The game that can give you 10 extra years of life.” Super Better is one of those so wonderfully simple yet unbelievably ingenious creations with an unequivocally genuine and loving dedication to the wellbeing of each individual.

I remember the moment I became a true believer in SuperBetter. I was working at a small, rural outpatient mental health clinic as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. At the time I was only months into my career, and need I say naive? I was seeing a young man with major depression for our first follow-up visit. He walked into my office that day appearing brighter, livelier, and more sociable. About a month earlier, I had written a prescription for Wellbutrin and casually recommended that he check out this interesting website, www.superbetter.com.

“Looks like that Wellbutrin is working.” I said.

“Actually,” he started, “I couldn’t afford it, so I never got the prescription filled. I did sign up for SuperBetter though.”

“Really? Tell me about it.”

“Melissa, it has changed my life. I still have a long way to go, but I have hope in me now. I feel a strength growing inside me that I haven’t felt in a long time.”

I was stunned. I mean, obviously I thought SuperBetter was cool before, but actually seeing someone who was in so much pain find so much relief in something so simple (not to mention cost-effective and safe)… it was a poignant moment for me. I will never forget the smile in his eyes as he told me about his “epic wins” and “power ups.”

Read the rest of Melissa’s blog here.