We already discuss the purpose of gamification in a business and how it can change behaviours for the better in previous articles, but how gamification can make us happy in our life?
Is no secret that happiness is the key to better health and longer lifepans. The Action for Happiness project advocates 10 keys to happier living. These include taking care of your body, setting yourself goals to look forward to, connecting with people and doing something that gives your life meaning. The use of gamification can be the key to help with each of these.
Gamification can improve the sense of achievement in our daily work or our personal life. Completing achievements and earning points and change them to rewards can motivate us to keep working on jobs that we don´t especially love to do, for example, and gives us the feeling that we are contributing to something greater, giving our jobs more meaning.
We all need goals, purpose and challenges in our lives to feel realized and consequently happy, and it is no different in a gamified environment. Establishing little challenges, for example, in your personal life or in your job its important. According to several studies, 89% of employees believe they´d be more productive if their work was more gamified. So, I think we can say that Gamification brings happiness to our lives, our personal life and in our daily job.
Beyond the gamification can make our jobs a little less boring, gamification can be used to reduce stress. Yes, that´s right, gamification can help people cope with depression, anxiety, stress, etc. Some gamification apps are designed to contain a positive and negative habit tracker to help users keep up good habits and break the bad ones. One of the big benefits of gamification is that it change behaviours for the better, it can make us start to recycle and now it can reduce our depression and our stress, so what are you waiting for?
We already talked about the benefits of gamification for employees, and it can be a game changer in terms of productivity or happiness inside work. In 2019, a study about gamification developed by TalentLMS find 83% of employees who receive gamified training feel motivated, while 61% of those who receive non-gamified training feel bored and unproductive. In the same study, employees said that gamification makes them feel more productive (89%) and happier (88%) at work. This inside work, but what about outside? Gamification can be used only in a work environment? The answer is … Of course not!
In our daily lives, with our friends and family, gamification can have a roll too. It can foster healthy, friendly competition by adding leaderboards. The user with the most badges, credits, points, etc., sails to the top of the leaderboard which motivates others to work harder.
Regardless of your audience or subject matter, the gamification of learning can help to create exciting, educational, and entertaining content. It´s not meant to turn study into a game (as we discuss in our previous article “5 Myths about gamification” game and gamification is not the same thing), but it does play on the psychology that drives human engagement.
One of the key benefits of learning gamification is that it makes learning informative and exciting, mainly thanks to its interactivity. Imagine your kids not bored but happy to study! I know, it´s look like na idea from another planet, but with role-play and competitive elements add na immersive angle, gamification can quite simply make learning fun.
In this article we proved that gamification can makes us happy in your personal life, with your friends and family, in our daily job and even in school. So what are you waiting for to try gamification and start to be happy since the day one?