Flow: The Secret to Happiness and an Antidote to Anxiety

800px-South-GoodwinFlow is the mental state of a person when he is completely immersed in one activity or event—a moment in which all of his energy is focused on one thing so that he is oblivious to the world around him. It is a single-mindedness that harnesses all emotions into one action to produce a kind of rapture. Flow is a moment of nothingness—when all senses are so focused on an activity that a person isn’t able to feel anything in his environment—and that nothingness or suspension of feeling can be experienced as bliss.

Sounds good, huh?

Mihály Csíkszentmihályi first defined the positive psychology concept of “flow” after interviews with artists who would get so immersed in their work that they would forget about eating, sleeping, showering. He wanted to understand this phenomenon and see if there was something in their paintbrushes that made them so motivated and happy. Continue reading …

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