Flow is linked to happiness, health, and, even to success
"Flow is the feeling of total immersion in an activity with the loss of a sense of time and sometimes of self; in flow, emotions are positive, energized, and focused solely on the task at hand." Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
Credited with authoring the concept or notion of "flow", he has also said: It is the creative moment when a person is completely involved in an activity for its own sake.
Sometimes we will hear people say things like, 'As I was playing the piano today, I got completely lost in the music.' or, 'I was so immersed in the experiment that I totally lost track of time.' These experiences are so common that expressions have evolved into the language to express them.
And, yet, often we don't notice. Once we finally interrupt ourselves or, are interrupted, by everyday demands, we forget to remark upon the the fact that we were feeling joy.
Most people want to be happy, and in fact, pursue happiness as if it were an obtainable object. And, yet, many of us are enjoying the positive emotions that are vital to health, well-being, and, happiness itself on a routine basis. It seems as if we just don't know to take note of it.
From Dacher Keltner, here are some words to help you focus on the good in your own life experience:
- play and mirth
- compassion and empathy
- contentment and savoring
Nourishment to the Soul
During what times, experiences, encounters, do you experience flow?---please share with us.