9 Valuable Life Lessons We Learned From Gaming
Whether it's powering through the many dungeons of Hyrule in a Legend of Zelda game or trying to complete an especially difficult assignment at work, you're not going to accomplish it all in one day.
The key to getting through it all is to remain steadfast and keep moving forward, no matter the difficulty. Procrastination certainly doesn't help; it'll still be waiting right where you left off.
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Games, just like life, have a competitive component to them. But being obsessive, strict, and narrowly-focused on one thing to the exclusion of everything else is not the way to go if you want to be truly happy. Gaming is often just about feeling good, having fun, and being fulfilled and content at the end of the day.
Thinking for yourself and going outside your comfort zone might lead you to untold treasures.
Just as you will often find a rare and incredibly powerful item in a random closet, you can find a job or a new relationship in unexpected places. You’ll never know what you may find if you don’t go out there and explore.
There are rules to everything, and understanding the underlying system, makes it easy to find loopholes and exploit them.
In real life, there are many predictable situations and in most cases there is an easier way to overcome them if you know they are coming. You have to pay attention and exploit them within reason.
The reward our brains feel when accomplishing something in a game teaches us to focus our own actions and helps us control the situations around us. Lessons like this are easily applied in the real world.
Researchers designed a game called SPARX to help treat depressed teenagers. The players had almost double the total recovery rate when compared to the conventional treatment group.
Games that are popular or involve social mechanics can help with making friends by giving access to the community that forms around the shared experience.
Gaming conventions, online multiplayer sessions, and competitions all help players meet new people and make friends with a common interest.