Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
The results of a survey given to the most successful athletes showed that the peak of happiness was not reached when they achieved their goals, but instead when they were in the process of achieving them. In other words, we are most happy when we are fully immersed in an activity that leads to a very important and meaningful goal. The process gives us more happiness than the result itself.
This discovery changed a lot in the theory of happiness. Happiness is not about money or about achieving goals. Instead, it’s about the process that leads to these things.
Wisdom from this book will teach you the proper mindset and how to design your life to feel ultimate happiness.
About the Author
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a Hungarian psychology professor, who emigrated to the United States at the age of 22. He recognized and named the psychological concept of flow, a highly focused mental state. He is the Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University and the former head of the Psychology Department at the University of Chicago and the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Lake Forest College.
CHAPTER 1: HAPPINESS REVISITED
CHAPTER 2: THE ANATOMY OF CONSCIOUSNESS
CHAPTER 3: ENJOYMENT AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE
CHAPTER 4: THE CONDITIONS OF FLOW
CHAPTER 5: THE BODY IN FLOW
CHAPTER 6: THE FLOW OF THOUGHT
To create a strong habit of activity, focus on your personal accomplishment and feelings of self-esteem.
CHAPTER 7: WORK AS FLOW
Get a job that will give you the experience of flow.
Take charge of your work and your leisure time.
CHAPTER 8: ENJOYING SOLITUDE AND OTHER PEOPLE
Use your time actively.
Make your children use time in a creative way.
Transform each goal you have into a feasible flow activity.
CHAPTER 9: CHEATING CHAOS
When you have a hopeless situation, transform it into a flow activity to gain strength.
Develop the autotelic self.