Friends, food, and flourishing

How it helps


Flourishing. Contentment. A satisfying life. People have been thinking about it for thousands of years. About 2,300 years ago, Aristotle thought about flourishing, gabbed with his friends, and wrote stuff down.

We do the knowledge thing differently these days. We use the scientific method. Researchers have done hundreds of studies on flourishing. The same things, like relationships, work, and meaning show up again and again.

Cryptid Kitchen grinds up the research into bits that are easy to understand. Knowledge nuggets are scattered across an island filled with animal friends. The nuggets are grouped into areas on different topics, like brain basics, intimate relationships, work, and meaning. There’s a list on The game page.

How the game helps

Knowing this stuff makes life easier and more rewarding.

Easier, because you’ll know what to expect of yourself, and other people. For example, if your partner doesn’t notice your new ‘do, don’t get upset. Brains are limited, and don’t see most of what goes on. Not noticing your ‘do doesn’t mean they don’t care about you. It’s just how brains work. Your life will be calmer if you know a little about how brains function.

Life can be more rewarding, because you can work out how to flourish more. For example, you’ll learn why social ties are so important to humans. If you don’t have many friends, you should make that a goal. There are knowledge nuggets on how to do that.

Try the game. If you have thoughts about how to improve it, please let us know.

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