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You are stronger than you know. You are surrounded by potential allies. You will soon conquer a great challenge. You are a Hero to others. An epic win is in your future. I’m Jane McGonigal, the inventor of SuperBetter.

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20 more awesomely untranslatable words from around the world If only you could use these words in Scrabble. Photo: Jeremy Mates When linguists refer to “untranslatable” words, the idea is not that a word cannot somehow be explained in another language, but that part of the essence of the word is lost as it crosses from one language to another. This often is due to different social and cultural contexts that have shaped how the word is used. POP LOCK ROBOT "A technological break-thru in self-defense funk dancing" You know those really cool mechabots that shoot lasers and fight real good? Well this guy isn't one of them. He just loves to dance!!

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25 Handy Words That Simply Don’t Exist In English Approximately 375 million people speak English as their first language, in fact it's the 3rd most commonly spoken language in the world (after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish). Interestingly enough it's the number 1 second language used worldwide - which is why the total number of people who speak English, outnumber those of any other. But whilst it's the most widely spoken language, there's still a few areas it falls down on (strange and bizarre punctuation rules aside). We look at 25 words that simply don't exist in the English language (and yet after reading this list, you'll wish they did!) 1 Age-otori (Japanese): To look worse after a haircut 2 Arigata-meiwaku (Japanese): An act someone does for you that you didn’t want to have them do and tried to avoid having them do, but they went ahead anyway, determined to do you a favor, and then things went wrong and caused you a lot of trouble, yet in the end social conventions required you to express gratitude

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SuperBetter In July 2009, Jane McGonigal hit her head – hard. The resulting concussion sidelined her for months. She became depressed, which made matters worse. Doctors told her she needed to keep her spirits high, so the world-renowned game designer turned to what made her happiest: Playing games. “There is a sense of agency that you get from gaming,” she says. “It makes you optimistic. You feel like you can do extraordinary things.” But rather than turning to her console, she turned the fight for her life into a real-life game. She was on an epic quest to get better, battling bad guys (things that hurt her) and collecting power-ups (things that helped her) on the way. McGonigal won – she is now completely recovered – and she built a gaming platform so others can do the same. SuperBetter, which launched in March, is an online social game that helps people achieve their health goals by building up ‘personal resilience.’ The most popular ‘challenges’ are depression and losing weight, followed by stress reduction and sleeping better. It’s built on scientific principles you can find in psychological research or self-help books, but the game puts them into a fun framework. The point is to actually do what doctors say you should do. While about half of SuperBetter’s users are regular gamers, you don’t need to be a Guild Master (or even know what that means) to play. It was inspired by an idea McGonigal credits to Paul Tahini, Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “He said, ‘We need a Super Mario Bros. for health,’” she recalls. But of course, real life isn’t a game and not every health problem can be vanquished. “You have to change your notion of what ‘winning’ means,” she adds, giving the example of a player with a terminal motor neurone disease. “He doesn’t expect to beat it; he expects to increase his quality of life, to be happier every day.” by carolinewatson May 10

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