There’s usually only two feelings you get after playing a card game. Either joy and happiness after a sweet victory after smashing your opponents. Or shame and annoyance from losing miserably – and we’ve all been there. You win some, you lose some.
But what if you could feel something different? What if the card game you played could take you on the euphoric emotional journey you never knew you needed?
The fascinating thing about card games is the way they bring people together. Not to mention they are a great way to pass time.
Yet there is more to this than meets the eye. James Swain once said:
“Cards are power; learn to harness that power, and you will be forever rewarded.”
These rewards can come in all different shapes and sizes, mostly as thoughts and feelings, but if you feel good you do better right?
Right! So we decided to put together a list of 5 powerful card games that will change your life – for the better.
Card games that you wouldn’t usually pick off the shelf or add to your basket. But by playing or using them, you’ll gain some insight and inspiration that no other card game has given you before.
Reveal your true selves and share the gifts of time, truth, and connection.
◾ Created by Round Table Companies ◾ Ages 18 years+ ◾ 2-12 players ◾
Vulnerability is Sexy is the first on our list of powerful card games. Developed by Round Table Companies, after a decade of using truthful and meaningful relationships as the foundation for stories that have an effect on the world.
When we think of being vulnerable, we usually can’t help but think of it as a negative thing. Something that we should protect ourselves from in order to avoid feeling judged, afraid or disappointed.
However, this card game opens up the true meaning of vulnerability and encourages you to break those barriers of sharing yourself without judgement or fear.
It’s a card game designed to breathe life into personal and professional relationships by broadening connections, deepening trust and forming unbreakable bonds. This will in turn lead to more opportunities in life and potential for success and growth within your working environment.
The game has 3 levels to choose from: Break the ice, Get vulnerable, & Laugh a little. It’s then each player’s choice to choose how ‘vulnerable’ to get through responding to the question on the chosen level.
By answering questions and having the guts to share your true self to each other, you are able to gain a deeper understanding of that individual and form a connection that you may not have otherwise. Along with the chance of receiving admiration, acceptance or respect from one another.
You will certainly laugh together, you may even cry together. But above all this you’ll gain more appreciation and respect for one another. As well as more likeability and lovability towards each other – and if that’s not sexy, we don’t know what is.
Discover who knows who best with this empathetic card game.
◾ Created by Mark Evans & Luke Evans ◾ Ages 10 years+ ◾ 2-10 players ◾
Find out what everyone thinks about things in an never-been-easier and fun way. Sussed? Emotional Intelligence is a family friendly quiz with a unique twist, instead of general knowledge, you’ll answer questions about each other.
This card game will get you exploring the most important questions that help you get a better understanding of your friends, family, and most importantly – yourself.
Just think, when was the last time you asked yourself “Do I see things for what they are or what they could be?”, “Which side of me surprises people the most?”, “Would I have the guts to stand out in a crowd?”. Nothing is off limits with this powerful card game.
To play, you start by reading out loud real and imaginary scenarios, you’ll then be given a few choices to make. What will you do? Will others know?
By inspiring conversations face-to-face you’ll soon be stirring up your emotions, sparking your curiosity and enhancing your intuition in a life changing way.
What makes this game even better is that there are over 500 revelations to delve into; from being a worry warrior, finding your ideal happy place, to encountering courage in the most unlikely places – there’s so much it has to offer.
You’ll be sure to have some of the best conversations you’ve ever had. And at the very least it’s the ultimate challenge of who knows who best.
Get uplifted with the cards that help you help yourself.
◾ Created by Knock Knock Stuff ◾ All ages ◾ 1 player+ ◾
So you’ve had a bad day, and nothing seems to be going right. Work sucks, a bad argument has left you feeling down and overall life just seems to be a bit of a drag right now. So what do you do?
We all know that one of the hardest things to do is to stay positive when it feels like your back is against the wall. But never fear, Affirminators! is here!
Affirminators! is an inspirational deck of cards that will help you achieve a positive attitude in even the most pessimistic of times.
With 50 beautifully illustrated cards that provide you the fun of a horoscope without the cheesy fluffy stuff. Each full of positive affirmations to get you through the darkest of times – it’s “self-help without the self-helpy-ness”. And as a bonus, they’re simply adorable, witty, and fun too!
“Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.”Mary Lou Retton
Affirminators! has no distinct rules, it’s a card game of life and practicality. The instructions are merely a guide on how to make the most of them, but you can use them in any way you see fit. It’s certainly unique when it comes to this list of powerful card games.
It’s the kind concepts of self-esteem, positive attitudes, and learning to talk to yourself in a loving way, that make this a life changing game.
And why not spread the love by sharing them with your family and friends – it’s the gift that keeps on giving!
So leave your woes at the door and cheer yourself up with some positive energy. As there’s no better care than self-care.
Empower yourself through the exercise of mindfulness.
◾ Created by MindPanda ◾ All ages ◾ 1 player+ ◾
Mindfulness is a topic that dates back centuries. They say all the greatest scholars and achievers practice it every day. Yet so many of us don’t really know or understand what it’s all about.
Mindfulness is often described as:
“The practice of paying attention in the present moment in a non-judgmental way. Or in other words it’s “the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us”.
Now that’s all well and good, but what does that actually mean in practice? And what are the benefits of it?
A card game that promotes self empowerment through mindfulness, meditation and self-care.
The rules are simple, you pick one card from the top of the deck to unlock your task for that day. And each card has an empowering question for deeper self-reflection in an attempt to increase emotional well-being of oneself.
There are many exercises to explore, from guided meditations to mindfulness activities and journaling. You’ll have fun discovering which techniques work best for you and in turn, gain a deeper understanding of how your mind works.
- So why did we add this to our list of powerful card games that will change your life?
Well, the life-changing benefits of this card game are that they’ll help you enhance creativity, and productivity, boost your confidence, bring you peace of mind and reduce stress and anxiety whilst teaching you how to grab control of your emotions.
So if you want to be more mindful in order to have more peace, joy and happiness, but are too busy to devote a lot of time to figuring out what to do, or maybe you’re just not familiar with mindfulness habits, then these cards are designed with you in mind to help you on that journey.
The key to unlocking the most fresh, disruptive and creative ideas.
◾ Created by BestSelf ◾ All ages ◾ 1 player+ ◾
Do you find it difficult to think of great original ideas? Whether it’s at work or in daily life for a new project. It’s easy to fall victim to an annoying creative block where no matter how hard you try and how long for, nothing good comes to mind.
Not to mention if there’s the pressure of a deadline added on top – that’s the time the brain usually says “I’m out!”
Well now you have a chance to jumpstart your creativity with the last on our list of powerful card games, BestSelf Edison Deck.
This life changing card game contains 150 powerful prompt cards to help you solve problems, think creatively, and be innovative in all areas of your life.
All you need to do is pick a prompt card and sit back until you generate at least 10 ideas. Do this on your own or in a group – the more the merrier!
You’ll never run out of actionable ideas, and it doesn’t matter if some aren’t great, it’s more important to capture your thoughts down because the more you think, the more innovative you become.
What’s more, the cards use a scientifically proven framework that continuously cultivates new ideas, widens perspective and leads to discoveries that drive both professional and personal development.
So if you want to achieve more success in cultivating enlightening ideas that enable you to conquer goals, tackle dilemmas, build skills and drive productive change, then these thought-provoking cards are the answer.
When it comes to card games we probably never think of them as anything more than just a way to have fun, socialise and pass time.
Which is why we wanted to highlight the deeper level to the games that could offer more than this. Powerful card games.
Granted we’ve used the term “card games” very loosely with this list. But hopefully some of the mentioned will help you to navigate the game which we call life.
From learning to be more mindful, to feeling more enlightened, generating creative ideas, or simply sharing and managing your emotions; each of these card games will give you the kickstart you need to spark real changes in your life.
You can achieve anything if you put your mind to it, and success comes in all forms. So take a step in empowering yourself today through the wonderful art of playing with cards.
If there are any other uplifting card games that you’d like us to check out or review in the future, get in touch by commenting below or contacting us.