People often ask me what makes me so happy. How do you have so much energy? they think I tapped into something mystical..Well I am. It is called FLOW.
Flow is the mental state in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of full involvement and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In the 70’s and earlier Mihaly Csikzntmihalyi, and his fellow researchers interviewed thousands of people over a broad socio economic range around the world to discover this is a concept of positive psychology.
although flow is also described as a deep focus on nothing but the activity – not even oneself or one’s emotions. I have termed it ‘FAMA’ Focused Intention and Motivated Action. It is good guideline to use when attempting to achieve a goal. It is how to create your reality.
The interesting to see results show that it isnt money or beautify or owning stuff that makes us happy or engaged. One must be engaged in a process that requires our attention and skill . there are people with several very specific personality traits that help them achieve the state of flow more often than the average person. These personality traits include curiosity, persistence, low self-centeredness, and a high rate of performing activities for intrinsic reasons only. People with most of these personality traits are said to have an autotelic personality.
Flow is an innately positive experience; it is known to “produce intense feelings of enjoyment”. An experience that is so enjoyable should lead to positive affect and happinessin the long run. Also, Csikszentmihalyi stated that happiness is derived from personal development and growth – and flow situations permit the experience of personal development.
Flow theory postulates three conditions that have to be met to achieve a flow state:
- One must be involved in an activity with a clear set of goals. This adds direction and structure to the task.
- The task at hand must have clear and immediate feedback. This helps the person negotiate any changing demands and allows him or her to adjust his or her performance to maintain the flow state.
- One must have a good balance between the perceived challenges of the task at hand and his or her ownperceived skills. One must have confidence that he or she is capable to do the task at hand.[11
He also applied the Flow principles to spriitual experiances as he saw many correlations to peak states of prayer and meditaion experienced by monks, and nuns and serious devotees. He states ‘entropy’; a thermodaynamic prinicple, is when energy is unavailable for doing work and relates this to the evil in the world and in our lives.as disorder and lack of motivation.
Buzz terms for this or similar mental states include: to be in the moment, present, in the zone, on a roll, wired in, in the groove, on fire,in tune, centered, or singularly focused.