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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: The Flow Experience

Hello readers,

Today we would like to share a very interesting Ted Talk featuring Hungarian psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. He created the psychological concept of flow, and talks about it in this great video:

 

We find this particularly interesting because we have experienced flow while creating and find that the most fulfilling things in our lives tend to be on the creative side. Dr. Csikszentmihalyi tells us in the video how it feels to be in flow, stating that 7 things happen. They are:

  1. Completely involved in what we are doing – focused, concentrated.
  2. A sense of ecstasy – of being outside everyday reality.
  3. Great inner clarity – knowing what needs to be done, and how well we are doing.
  4. Knowing that the activity is doable – that our skills are adequate to the task.
  5. A sense of serenity – no worries about oneself, and a feeling of growing beyond the boundaries of the ego.
  6. Timelessness – thoroughly focused on the present, hours seem to pass by in minutes.
  7. Intrinsic motivation – whatever produces flow produces it’s own reward.

A few things come to mind when we see this list. We love that Dr. Csikszentmihalyi lists being with your best friend as something that could make us feel flow. The term ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ is right there in #5! He also says in the video that flow is found when both your skill level and the challenge are above average. Interesting.

What are some things that you love to do? Have you ever felt flow while doing something that ultimately makes you happy? Let us know in the comments below!

Make sure to check in with us tomorrow for a recipe that’ll knock your socks off!

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