I hate games. I’m not an activities person. Board games, card games, organized sports - the whole thing, not for me. Call me lame, but they’re just not my thing. When I’m bored, I’d rather fill my time with conversations, reading, listening to music, just about anything else. Which is where Kanye comes in.
On last night’s episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kanye introduced the world to a new dictionary game that I can surprisingly really get behind. I’ll let Kim fully explain the rules, but the premise is this: Everyone gets a copy of a dictionary and you all open to the same page. You then take a minute or so to underline every word on that page that you think is ‘positive’. When the minute’s up, the whole group goes by word by word and you see who underlined each word and why (or why not).
This is my kind. of. game. And here’s why:
2019 has been a weird year. The strange dark cloud that’s been hovering over us since 2016 hasn’t quite dissipated (see top exhibit). In fact, it’s gotten worse. Everything is bonkers. We live in ‘cursed’ times. Designers are dressing us for the apocalypse. We need some good news and some positive vibes.
This game stirs conversation. My perception of what’s positive versus your perception of what’s positive might actually be different and that’s really kind of cool. We move through the world with different lenses on that color our perception of things around us. This small thought exercise lets me enter your world (and your mind) for the briefest of moments.
It reframes your mind. You’re actively searching for positivity. You’re training your brain to seek the good in things rather than seek the bad. I know it’s just a game, but it’s training for real life. To go out in the world and see the good … not just the end of times.
Say what you will about Kanye West and his antics, but he’s bringing the good vibes I didn’t know I needed. This is the first game I’m actively adding to my weekend repertoire.