When I started reading McGonigal’s book, all I could think about was the TED talk that McGonigal gave in which she promised the people in the audience each seven extra minutes of life just by playing video games. Through her research, she proved that the design and structures of games were thought out in such a way that it boosted the psychological happiness of those who engaged in the challenges presented in these games. I found this very intriguing. I always wondered how my boyfriend got “addicted” to playing 2K14 or Assassin’s Creed. I would sit there and watch him complain about doing homework and instead, use that time to go play his video games. It made no sense to me. Common sense would tell him that he needed to do his homework so that he could pass the class. Granted this was a class he didn’t like, nonetheless, he needed this class to fulfill a requirement for his degree. But no, his common sense was telling him to use his time doing something he actually enjoyed; something that made him happy. After reading McGonigal’s book, all of this made sense to me. In her book, McGonigal discuss’s Csikszentmihalyi’s research. She writes, “Games teach us how to create opportunities for freely chosen, challenging work that keeps us at the limits of our abilities, and those lessons can be transferred to real life” (pg 37). McGonigal tries to prove in her book that humans would be more happy if they chose tasks that interested them rather than engage in tasks that forced them to do things that weren’t satisfying to them. McGonigal writes that humans like good hard work (paraphrasing). People like to be challenged with tasks that they find gratifying. Although I agree with McGonigal’s theory and her research, I disagree that everyone can be happy. Just like everyone can’t be rich or famous. If everyone that wanted to be an actor became an actor, there wouldn’t be enough people to do all the other jobs that are necessary. I’m sure that janitors don’t love cleaning toilets or that all babysitters love getting spit up on. Life is a game of chance, and sometimes, we are stuck in difficult situations in which we don’t want to be apart of. But is McGonigal saying that we should find ways of turning whatever situation we are in into a game to be happy, or is she saying that we should choose our own paths in life and by doing that, we will be happy? I think its a combination of both. I think its possible to find happiness in whatever our situation is and if we make life a game, we can increase our chance of being happy.