There is a state, to be fulfilled and engaged in these activities. That state is called flow, named by Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi [Mee-high cheek-sent-mee-high]. How does it work? And how can we obtain it ourselves?
Csikszentmihalyi calls these people “autotelic”: people that are never bored, rarely anxious, and constantly involved with what goes on.How do we become more autotelic ourselves? There are some conditions that have to be met to achieve it:
It is an innately positive experience. It produces "intense feelings of enjoyment”, with long-term benefits to positive affect and happiness. Csikszentmihályi also stated that happiness comes from personal development and growth. Flow states create this development and growth.
The more time we spend in flowstate activities, the more our intrinsic motivation and self-directed learning increase. Challenge yourself with more complicated challenges, improve your skills, and repeat this process continuously, to obtain happiness and satisfaction!
Arlo is a filmmaker, artist, lecturer, and intermittent practitioner of metta meditation and morning yoga. When not dreaming about impossible projects and making them happen in the most impractical ways possible, he journals, listens to jazz, or cuddles with his better half.
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