Getting to know Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi ( Let’s just call him Mihaly and forget the surname 🙂 ) was a life changer.
Who is Mihaly ?
(From positive psychology)
Mihaly became a happiness researcher because of the adversity he faced growing up. He was a prisoner during World War II, and he witnessed the pain and suffering of the people around him during this time. As a result, he developed a curiosity about happiness and contentment.
He observed that many people were unable to live a life of contentment after their jobs, homes, and security were lost during the war. After the war, he took an interest in art, philosophy, and religion as a way to answer the question, What creates a life worth living?
What is FLOW?
Mihaly coined the term “flow state” because many of the people he interviewed described their optimal states of performance as instances when their work simply flowed out of them without much effort.
He explains flow state in detail in his book ‘Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience’
I read parts of the book and many articles and happily used those insights in my life. But to be honest, nothing beats the 18 minutes below. This is his TED talk.