Why Does Life Feel Like a Game?

August 19, 2023
David Sunnyside

If you're a gamer, then you know what it feels like to beat a great title. A game with a storyline, quests, and missions gives you a sense of accomplishment. It also makes it much more fun to play because you're always working towards something.

The same can be said for life. When you have big, hairy, audacious goals (life missions) in place, it gives you a sense of purpose. It also makes it more fun to live because you're constantly working towards something and it gives your life meaning.

However, most people do not want to think of their lives as a game because they want to maintain their sense of stability and security. They want to continue to earn money, work in a job they like, and go to the same school they have been going to for years. This kind of person is known as a non-player character (NPC) in the game of Lifestyle Gamification because they are programmed to be that way by the society and culture around them.

But what about the ups and downs that happen in life? How can we reframe our thoughts to make it easier for us to cope with them? The first thing is to understand that you can change your point of view. Instead of consciously reacting to a situation in the same way you've been doing for years, you can practice mindfulness and choose different conscious thoughts and actions.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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