Do you remember that moment when creativity and productivity sprungfrom your mind smoothly? According to positive psychology cofounder Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, this state is called flow, and it is an important contributor to creativity and well-being.
The experience of flow is universal and it has been reported to occur across different classes, genders, ages, cultures and it can be experienced in many types of activities. If you’ve ever heard someone describe a time when their performance excelled what they’re describing is an experience of flow. It occurs when your skill level and the challenge at hand are equal.
In positive psychology, flow, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In Essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does, and a resulting loss in one's sense of space and time.
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The happiest people spend much time in a state of flow – the state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter. The experience itself is so enjoyable that people will do it even at a great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it.
“The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.”