Gamers Don’t Die, They Respawn

Can you increase your level of psychological safety and curiosity at work by changing how you look at failure? I explored whether people who identify as gamers do this. Hi all! My name is Kristen Toohill, and I recently finished writing my doctoral dissertation! WOOOOO! I wondered if people who identify as gamers are more read more…

How a Bomb-Defusing Game Can Boost Communication

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes! Find out how a fast-paced, exciting game is the perfect way to boost your team’s communication skills. Time Is Ticking… “Okay… so you see three wires–a white one, a red one, and a yellow one?” the expert asks, scowling as they consult their manual. Looking at the screen, the bomb read more…

Tackling Fear, Psychological Safety, and Progress

Got psychological safety? Join us behind the scenes as Scott Crabtree, founder of Happy Brain Science, develops Choose Happiness @ Work Online—the online version of our popular card game! We’ve received many requests for a version to play with remote teams, and Scott is working to make that a reality! What challenges will he face? read more…

Choose Happiness @ Work Online: Behind the Scenes

Image of hiker looking out over the edge of a cliff at fog below

Join us behind the scenes as Scott Crabtree develops Choose Happiness @ Work Online—the online version of our popular card game! We’ve received many requests for a version to play with remote teams, and Scott is working to make that a reality! What challenges will he face? What obstacles will he overcome? And most importantly: read more…

How to Enjoy a Virtual Game Night with Colleagues

Virtual Game Night: Image of two houses of playing cards and a set of die in various colors

Thanks to Kristen Toohill for this post about options for a virtual game night! Kristen recently co-authored a book with Scott Crabtree titled All Work & Some Play: Future Proof Your Career through Games. Her past experience includes working in the video game industry as a Quality Assurance Tester and SCRUM Master. In addition, she’s read more…

How to Use a Fun Party Game to Tackle Implicit Bias

Image of a buffalo on an orange background from Buffalo: The Name Dropping Game

Thanks to Kristen Toohill for this post about using a fun party game to reduce implicit bias! Kristen recently co-authored a book with Scott Crabtree titled All Work & Some Play: Future Proof Your Career through Games. Her past experience includes working in the video game industry as a Quality Assurance Tester and SCRUM Master. read more…

10 Tips for Keeping Up Morale, with Ideas & Resources to Help

Thanks to Sarah Lewis, C.Psychol., for this guest post about keeping up morale! Sarah is the principal psychologist at Appreciating Change, a strengths-based psychological consultancy that is committed to applying well-researched positive psychology ideas and interventions to workplace challenges and opportunities at an individual, team or whole organization level. In the midst of the current read more…

Do “Casual” Games Reduce Stress & Boost Well-being?

Thanks to Kristen Toohill for this post about how casual games reduce stress! Kristen recently co-authored a book with Scott Crabtree titled All Work & Some Play: Future Proof Your Career through Games. Her past experience includes working in the video game industry as a Quality Assurance Tester and SCRUM Master. In addition, she’s done read more…

Playing Games to Cope: Behind the Scenes @ Happy Brain Science

Virtual Teambuilding

Happy Fortyteenth of Maprilay! How have you been doing in this truly crazy time? If you are like me, you may sometimes find yourself feeling overwhelmed and unproductive during this period of uncertainty. Science suggests that what we’re feeling right now is totally OK. In order to cope, I’ve seen many people taking up comforting, read more…