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.

May 4, 2014
by Jane
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“A New Way to Treat Depression: Games” – We’re in the Wall Street Journal!

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After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder last September, Reva Wood struggled with chronic pain, and then anxiety stemming from chronic pain. To reduce her anxiety, she decided to try something a little unusual: a video game called SuperBetter that claimed to use science-based challenges to help her manage anxiety.

Digital games are gaining notice from some researchers who think they’re a novel way to address mental health issues like depression and anxiety. SuperBetter is currently the subject of two scientific trials, including a National Institutes of Health-funded experiment that will begin this summer.

Read the full article at the Wall Street Journal.

April 5, 2014
by Jane
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Happy three year anniversary, SuperBetter! (and here’s what’s next…)

We’re thrilled that three years after launching our first prototype, SuperBetter has helped nearly half a million players — and the game remains 100% free online.

If you’re playing SuperBetter online, hopefully you’ve noticed that we’ve celebrated our anniversary by polishing up the website and making some improvements! You’ll notice a smoother experience everywhere from your To Do list to your Allies dashboard.

We’re also just a few weeks away from an iOS update and our first ever Android app.

Although we’re not a full-time team working on the product anymore, we love SuperBetter, and we’ve seen it change countless lives. That’s why we continue to support it — with help from a clinical trial research grant from the NIH, so we can continue to work with scientists and health care practitioners to bring SuperBetter to as many people as possible.

So keep activating those power-ups and battling those bad guys! After all, it looks like there’s an epic win in your future…

March 4, 2013
by Mike Hostetler
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A SUPERBETTER Site Update

Dear SuperBetter Players,

You may have seen a few more bugs and errors lately across SuperBetter and are thinking What is going on?! We empathize with you and want to let all our awesome players and fans know what is going on. We are currently looking to transition SuperBetter to a new home, where players can continue on their path to getting SUPERBETTER. We are in talks with a few different allies and hope to have good news to share in the coming weeks. But in the meantime, we expect some bumps and possible disruption along the way.

For now, the site in its current form will stay up through the end of March. If you’re currently playing your way through a Power Pack, or on your way to an epic win, keep going! There’s still a ton of resilience you can build between now and March 31.

Because there maybe a disruption in the site (and app) availability after March 31, you may want to take some screenshots of your secret headquarters now, or make a list of your favorite power-ups and bad guys, so you continue to have resources for your SuperBetter journey.

And in the meantime, thanks for your patience with the bugs — and look for some updates soon.

– The SuperBetter Labs Team

November 9, 2012
by bez
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Why I Love Working at SuperBetter: the Resilience of Silliness

What did your last remote meeting look like?

Here’s oursand it’s just one of the many reasons why I love working at SuperBetter.

At SuperBetter, Resilience, play, and game fulness aren’t just concepts that we promote. They’re truths that we live as a business and as individuals. When communication turns strained, when the future looks dark and unknown, or when we’ve got to push through a crunch-time challenge, we return to the basics of Resilience.

  • We spread Social Resilience by giving hugs and sharing our gratitude for what each one of us does each day and by awarding each other Achievements in the game. We know that a dose of silliness can do wonders for social connection and creativity.
  • We tend to Emotional Resilience by expressing our needs, excitements, and concerns openly. We shift out of negative thinking and into positive thinking using Power-ups, gratitude, and realistic optimism. We laugh. We don’t take ourselves too seriously.
  • We activate Mental Resilience by practicing mindfulness, staying curious, and making our current challenge as fun as possible how can we turn this rough patch into an exciting challenge? How can we stay present with what’s happening rather than jumping to conclusions?
  • And we strengthen our Physical Resilience up by sharing healthy meals, challenging each other to Power-ups and Quests, and going on fun adventures together.

We do these things because Resilience isn’t something that we either have or we don’t it’s a practice. It’s made up of the little things we do each day that make us laugh, foster a sense of connection, activate positivity, and get our hearts going. Those little things add up to greater health, pleasure, strength and flexibility—which sounds pretty good to us.

What one little thing you do that makes you smile, laugh, feel good, or feel strong? Post it in the comments below then make it a Power-up in the game!

 

October 3, 2012
by bez
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A Scavenger Hunt SuperBetter Style

Heroes prepare for the hunt!

This year a component of the Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest challenge is a SuperBetter Scavenger Hunt. The Games will use the SuperBetter platform to suggest Quests and Power-ups to those who add superbetter@compassiongames.org as an Ally during this month-long event, running from September 21-October 21, 2012.

Interested? Invite superbetter@compassiongames.org to be an Ally then await your first mission!

You’ll receive suggestions for Quests and Powers-ups to help you reach your personal Epic Win and also be a part of something larger. The Compassion Games seek to create a culture of compassion, kindness, and justice. Your participation will help them reach their Epic Win. Dare we say it’s a Win-Win situation?

Check out the Scavenger Hunt: SuperBetter page for more information, and be sure to explore the rest of the Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest website to learn more about this awesome event!

July 5, 2012
by Sarah
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We made the Top 5 in US Health and Fitness! (Press Release)

We recently put out a press release about our new mobile app. You can see the whole thing here.

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SuperBetter Health Game Now Available in iTunes App Store

Top 5 US Health & Fitness Downloads in First Week

SAN FRANCISCO, Jul 3, 2012 — SuperBetter Labs announced today that SuperBetter, its first social online game, has launched on the iOS mobile platform. The app, now available in the iTunes app store, will be available for free for a short time. During its first week in the iTunes store, SuperBetter made the list of US Top 5 downloads for Health & Fitness apps. Widely recognized for its innovative approach to helping people lead “epic” lives (from general well being to recovery from illness and injury), the game was originally released online in public beta web format in March 2012. Development for the much anticipated mobile app began shortly afterwards due to overwhelming user requests.

“Our greatest challenges and triumphs don’t happen in front of a computer screen. They happen when we are out living in the world,” said General Manager John Solomon, on the launch. “We know that SuperBetter users will find the mobile format more convenient to use as they manage their daily lives, face challenges, track and share their progress and receive expert advice on the spot. We are excited that the public reaction has been so receptive in the first week of launch, and know this means great things for SuperBetter and its players moving forward.”

The mobile version of SuperBetter incorporates the core functionality of the online game, www.superbetter.com , and organizes it into a concise mobile experience designed for the active lives of its users. SuperBetter mobile encourages users to check-in daily for their Quests and new Power-Ups, while fighting their Bad Guys, and checking-in with Allies. The app also allows users to review their SuperBetter activity and achievements and post status updates to their profiles.

SuperBetter is available now for free for a limited time.

ABOUT SUPERBETTER LABS:

SuperBetter Labs’ mission is to design platforms that help people lead “epic lives.” The concept of an epic life is centered on developing strong social relationships, positive emotion, overcoming challenges, and creating a truer sense of purpose in the real world through the use of online game mechanics, gameful IT products and other tested methods of positive social interaction. SuperBetter is the first product of SuperBetter Labs, a social game platform designed to help players build personal resilience and achieve their health and wellness goals. More information on SuperBetter Labs can be found on the SuperBetter Labs web site, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

CONTACT: Cathie Bennett Warner 415-420-1573 cathie@superbetter.com