iThrive Design Kits spark inspirations for designing fun and engaging games for players to build strengths for thriving. We created the kits to be flexible and example-rich, offering possibilities for innovative design.

Based on the science of habits for thriving, iThrive Design Kits are co-developed with expert game developers and scholars. Developers of all experience levels use these to create compelling and innovative strengths-based games. Check out the hundreds of prototypes that have been created thus far!

To suggest additions or new topic ideas for an iThrive Design Kit, contact us.


One of the biggest obstacles to seeking mental health treatment is the stigma associated with seeking help or being diagnosed with a mental illness. Games have the potential to challenge stereotypes, reduce stigma, raise awareness and compassion for people coping with mental illness, and share powerful personal experiences. Our mental health design kit – now available – provides guidance for integrating mental health themes or content into your games in a thoughtful, respectful, and genuine way. We are elated to announce the launch of this kit in honor of Mental Health Month! You can access the kit using the download button below. Let us know your thoughts!



Empathy means feeling what others feel, trying to look at things from their point of view, and using our knowledge of others to guide the way we treat them.


 Kindness means treating others in a friendly, generous, and considerate way. Genuine kindness means doing so without expecting anything in return.


Cooperation means working with others to achieve shared goals and benefit everyone.  Humans can be selfish and competitive, sure, but it’s more instinctual for us to cooperate.


Growth mindset is all about believing that you and others are capable of change and growth. The abilities you’re born with aren’t written in stone; anyone can get better at almost anything by setting goals, practicing, using good strategies, and seeking help, guidance, and feedback.


Curiosity is our desire to know just for the sake of knowing. It motivates us to explore our world (or an alien one!) and it also helps us learn. When we’re curious, we pay closer attention, think about information more deeply and remember it better.


 When we express gratitude, we assure others that we notice and will repay the sacrifices they make on our behalf. Showing gratitude strengthens our relationships, and feeling grateful also motivates us to be more giving.


Determining what we value and what we strive to do in the world is important for developing a consistent sense of self. It matters for health, too — adults with a strong sense of purpose tend to live longer and healthier lives. Young people shouldn’t feel pressured to “find their purpose” too early, though. Instead, they should have opportunities and encouragement to explore who they are and what they’re interested in doing.


Forgiveness is an instinctual response, one that is “hardwired” to keep our relationships healthy. When we forgive, we repair the damage that insults and betrayals and slights do to our relationships, so that we can continue to stay in connection with people who matter to us. Even some non-human animals make up with those who have hurt them

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Optimism has a lot to do with how we explain life’s events, so we can support optimism by challenging pessimistic thoughts and practicing more positive thinking. Optimists explain bad events as temporary setbacks that are not their fault. They explain good events the opposite way: as outcomes of their own positive, stable traits.


Zestful emotions like enthusiasm, determination, and “feeling alive” feel good and help us to open our minds, engage deeply, think more flexibly and creatively, and build resources to cope with difficulty. People who feel zest aren’t easily deterred and don’t stay down long when they fail.