A recent study came out confirming that gaming helps with those dealing with depression.
And it's pretty amazing how the two fit together.
Gamers, get excited about this news...
Creates a "Gameful" Mindset
Games require a lot out the player. They require you to solve puzzles, go exploring, or just extreme concentration. This focus, motivation and determination is essential for someone experiencing depression or anxiety. It keeps them aware of their surroundings and concentrating on something external.
It Strengthens Part of Your Brain
And as it turns out the parts of the brain it strengthens are actually under stimulated for those suffering from depression. These regions are the region most associated with motivation and goal-orientation (often referred to as “the reward pathways”) and the region most associated with learning and memory (the hippocampus).
So you are literally improving the part of the brain that need help. Just like strengthening a weak muscle to make you overall more heathly.
We Keep Wanting to Win
Games are addicting. Even I, not an avid gamer can get with that.
Essentially the more you keep trying, the more you want to win. No wonder people play Candy Crush for eternity...because you can continue to get better and better.
This creates a similar "goal oriented" habit in the gamer. They keep wanting to get up, to keep trying. To essentially keep #winning.
The article and study makes a really great point that I'm making my new mantra for life.
"The opposite of play isn’t work. It’s depression. " So play can reverse depression.
Let's keep playing peeps. Because as it turns out there are a lot of emotional benefits to playing games.