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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Does Your Life Flow?

A Claremont Graduate University professor of psychology, and author of a magnificent little book - among others - called Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (P.S.), whom I have mentioned occasionally in this blog and in my newsletter articles, called Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, asks, as TED (one of the featured websites I refer to over and over) highlights: ""What makes a life worth living?" Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of "flow.""

TED further says this of Csikszentmihalyi: "[he] has contributed pioneering work to our understanding of happiness, creativity, human fulfillment and the notion of "flow" -- a state of heightened focus and immersion in activities such as art, play and work."

"Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives. A leading researcher in positive psychology, he has devoted his life to studying what makes people truly happy: "When we are involved in [creativity], we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life." He is the architect of the notion of "flow" -- the creative moment when a person is completely involved in an activity for its own sake."

"Csikszentmihalyi teaches psychology and management at Claremont Graduate University, focusing on human strengths such as optimism, motivation and responsibility. He's the director the the Quality of Life Research Center there. He has written numerous books and papers about the search for joy and fulfillment."

See the video where he explains this important concept more closely



Should you experience any difficulty viewing the video, click here to view it directly at TED

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