Alternative Spirituality Self-Improvement Hack: Life Is a Game; Play It On Purpose


Ever get the feeling the people you know are basically stumbling through life, just sort of waiting to see what happens?

Maybe that works for them.

But I kinda doubt it.

Most peoples’ lives suck. More than they have to, anyway. And it’s probably not because they suck, as people; more likely, it’s because they’re just not trying hard enough.

In their book Trust Agents, Chris Brogan and Julien Smith tell people to view life as a game: “When you’re playing life instead of just living it, you try to see the map to know how you can organize yourself better. You look for shortcuts. You can look at other players and ask yourself, ‘How did they do that?'”

Life isn’t always fun. But it’s always a challenge. And there is almost always a way to win.

It’s just a matter of figuring out how to play.

So. My happiness tip of the day: View life as a game.

Then play it on purpose.


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  1. You have a very good idea, that of seeing life as a game. We aren’t happy when we’re too serious. Some traditions teach that life is a dream or an illusion, and that is a possibility also.

    We need to stop and smell the roses, as many people have said.

    Most cordially, Celia

    1. Precisely. Life is serious, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a game, too. Viewing it that way can help us be more strategic about our decisions, more cerebral – – but have more fun, too! Very cool.

      Do you have a twitter account, Celia? I’d be interested in following you there.

  2. Dear Mollie,

    No, no Twitter or Facebook. I do have blogs:

    I read nearly everything in your blog, and I also visited Francie. I read with interest the posting about your day job. My mother lives in a retirement community in our small city, and I am a former librarian. So we have some things in common.

    You are doing an excellent job in your blogs..

    Most cordially, Celia

  3. When you see life as a game, who is it that makes the rules?

    If you see the world as a set of winners and losers, there will be losers.

    If you create a story that has a protagonist and an antagonist, there will be an antagonist.

    If you don’t want to be a loser and you don’t want to be an antagonist, why would you do this to others?

    Life is a game in that you get to choose what games you play and don’t play, just as you get to choose what books you read and what movies you see.

  4. When I approach life as a game, by definition it’s my game and I make the rules. My rules just happen to say no losers are needed for me to do well at my game. Consciously playing the game makes me pay attention to where I am on the board at any given moment and whether I want to move forward or stay put. My game is intended to last an entire, long, lifetime and I’ll never run out of “Idea” cards to draw.

    1. I agree. No need to take the metaphor too far. But thinking of life as a game, for me, helps me take bad things that happen less personally. Setbacks are the impetus to simply restrategize!

  5. Seeing life as a game helps us to lighten up, and that allows us to be relaxed when we make decisions–leading to making better decisions. Mollie is onto something here in her quote from her reading. I also find that when I lighten up and just listen to what I perceive as intuition, my day becomes actually fun, even when I am especially listening to intuition because I am faced with choices that seem problematic.

    Mollie, you are doing a fabulous job with this blog!

    Most sincerely, Celia

  6. I guess to some the word ‘game’ makes it sounds trivial, maybe they’ve lost to many childhood board games to family favourites and cheaters. But there is a truth in the simile and they say too that life is what we make of it, sometimes we can take control but other times we can’t but even so we can make of it what we will. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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