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New Study: Video Games Help Fight Depression
A recent study came out confirming that gaming helps with those dealing with depression.
And it's pretty amazing how the two fit together.
My good friend @RaquelArredondo published a card on how gaming helps children develop social skills, and it inspired me to do some digging! Check out the card <<HERE>>

Gamers, get excited about this news...

Creates a "Gameful" Mindset

1.23 billion people play games globally, including 155 million people in the United States. And Stanford University took a look at these gamers brains and habits.
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.
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@VinMcCarthy well their solving that problem sorta their doing this whole new match making system for next year
@nicolejb my antisocial behavior developed because of the lack of like minded people in the area where I used to live, stack on 2 tours overseas and a splash of sociopathy and you end up with one very antisocial person
@kindaru you are military? my father and brother are in the army..thanks for your service!