One of the books I read (re-read, actually) in the last two weeks was Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
Finding Flow is part psychology study material and part self-help guide. It proposes to help us reclaim ownership of our lives. Based on research of over thousands of individuals, Finding Flow contends that we often walk through our days unaware and out of touch with our emotional lives. People are happiest when they are most absorbed in their actions, a state the author terms as ‘flow.’ We experience ‘flow’ when we work towards clear goals that provide a slight stretch to our existing skills. Constant feedback on our progress also enables flow. So, to be happy we need to constantly be absorbed in such situations.
|Title||Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life|
|Initially Published In||1997|
|Formats Available||Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle|
Csikszentmihalyi eloquently argues that living fully in the here and now requires that one heed the lessons of the past.
— The New York Times Book Review
Flow is defined as the sense of effortless action people feel in moments that stand out as the best in their lives. Like athletes ‘in the zone’, or musicians in ‘aesthetic rapture’, or religious mystics in ‘ecstasy’.