A game that rewards you for being nice: Star.me (play and win a nifty prize!)


Let's kick the week off with a little fun, shall we?

I got a delightful email last week inviting me to be a guest on Star.me, Ze Frank's latest online game. Ze Frank! Of "The Show with Ze Frank," the first Internet video I ever watched and loved. Long before vlogging and podcasts were a twinkle in your iPhone.

Fangirl squealing aside, here's the line in the email that hooked me:

Star.me runs on kindness, curiosity, and creativity.

How could I pass that up?

Star.me is a free online game that encourages you give stars to your friends. For any reason. Because they deserve a pat on the back, or a little pick-me-up, or some fun. Sort of like a Facebook poke with personality.

You answer fun questions, participate in mini-projects, and give recommendations to earn coins and stars, which you can then give to friends (and, presumably, receive yourself). You can play for a minute or an hour. The result: a wall covered in stars and messages from friends. A wall of happy.

I could see this game appealing to kids and adults, and I love that the object is to spread goodwill.

Amazon: The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun The Star.me team invited me to share a "Mission of the Day," a single question that would be fun for Parenthackers to answer, which I did. You'll find it right here. So let's play! Sign up for a free account and answer my question! Let's give each other stars!

For a little more fun, I'm giving away a nifty prize to the writer of my favorite answer: your very own copy of The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin! If Star.me doesn't make you happy, this book certainly will.

Three runners up will get one of these lovely books from some of my favorite authors:

Amazon: Let's Panic About Babies!: How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant who Will Ruin Your Body, Destroy Your Life, Liquefy Your Brain, ... Turn You into a Worthwhile Human Being Amazon: One Year to an Organized Life with Baby: From Pregnancy to Parenthood, the Week-by-Week Guide to Getting Ready for Baby and Keeping Your Family Organized Amazon: Unclutter Your Life in One Week

I know. It's Monday and your busy. You've got a million things to do. The perfect reason to take a moment and play.

To enter, head over to Star.me, sign up, and follow my Mission of the Day. I'll pick the winning answer on Wednesday, 10/5/11, at 5pm. Have fun! 

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