Find Your Flow: Get Deeply Engaged for More Happiness
Updated: Jan 21, 2018
Depth--or 'deep living'--is a precursor for happiness. Today we build on yesterday’s episode on deep work by exploring what might be called 'deep play,' the concept of flow. What is flow, what does it mean for happiness, and how can you find it? Find out in today's challenge!
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi asked the question,“What makes a life worth living?” After nearly 10,000 interviews with musicians, artists, athletes and CEO’s, he found they all talked about a state of conciousness in which they were so deepy engaged in an activity that the material just “flowed” out of them. From this came the concept of flow, a state of bliss in which you merge yourself with what you are doing/making/creating.
As a state of getting deep--deep engagement--finding flow can lead to happiness, pleasure, and lasting satisfaction with life.
Csikszentmihalyi urges us to find flow by making sure conditions of flow are a constant part of everyday life.” What are these conditions? Here are four of the most significant:
Time in creative or playful activity
Clear goals about what you are doing
You do it because you want to, and have a sense of control over it
Induce a Flow State: Create the Conditions to Find Flow
Your challenge today is to get deeply engaged in something creative or playful by creating the conditions for a flow state, something Csikszentmihalyi says we should practice daily. So, find something that is a creative outlet for you, or something you like to play, and “practice” moving into flow by giving yourself dedicated time for it.
What do you want to do to find flow, and move to a happier state of mind?
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
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