How does it feel to be in flow?

Mihaly Csikszentmihaly

Mihaly CsikszentmihalyMihaly Csikszentmihalyi says creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives. A leading researcher in positive psychology, he has devoted his life to studying what makes people truly happy: “When we are involved in creativity, we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life.” He is the architect of the notion of “flow” – the creative moment when a person is completely involved in an activity for its own sake.

Increase in material well being does not seem to affect how happy people are and the lack of basic resources, material resources, contributes to unhappiness, but the increase in material resources do not increase happiness. He looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of “flow.

When children play they are in “the flow” – totally immersed, passionate and timeless. We are all born with the ability to achieve the flow by turning off our internal self critic.

Flow is all about allowing yourself to get lost in the doing of an action, instead of allowing your mind to wander away from what is occurring, but how does it feel?

 

Here is Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi‘s list:

1. Completely involved in what we are doing – focused, concentrated.

2. A sense of ecstasy – of being outside everyday reality.

3. Great inner clarity – knowing what needs to be done, and how well we are doing.

4. Knowing that the activity is doable – that our skills are adequate to the task.

5. A sense of serenity – no worries about oneself, and a feeling of growing beyond the boundaries of the ego.

6. Timelessness – thoroughly focused on the present, hours seem to pass by in minutes.

7. Intrinsic motivation – whatever produces flow becomes its own reward.

 

Watch the full TED talk here:

Play improves work!

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We have this concept that the opposite Kids playing in he windof play is work.
Our thinking is backwards…
The opposite of play is NOT work. The opposite of play is depression!

Some of the benefits of play:

  • Stimulates creativity
  • Increases our openness to change
  • Improves our ability to to learn new information
  • Provides a sense of purpose and mastery, two key motivational things that increases productivity.

Watch Steve Keil’s somewhat provoking TED talk for the full inspirational experience:

Play improves work and this goes hand in hand with my new coaching method; PlayTwoWin. If you want to know more about this concept of bringing play back into your life, workplace, relationships etc. Please contact me today for a FREE exploratory  session. This is a highly transformational development in one affordable and extraordinarily effective program!

Play Time Isn’t Just For Kids…

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It’s important to your stress level and youCarouselr happiness quotient that you have at least one activity that you do regularly just for fun. Hobbies and other fun activities provide a fun way to sharpen skills, express your creativity, or just blow off steam. Also, when you get really engrossed in an activity you enjoy, you can experience a state of being known as flow, in which your brain is in a near-meditative state, which has benefits for your body, mind and soul.

Click here to read more about how to discover new potential stress relieving hobbies and find other resources for happiness and much more.

My favorite stress reliever is playing games. Games have a way of keeping us in the present moment, with a light-hearted focus, and laughter that comes easily. I recommend creating a game night with friends you enjoy, and letting your inner child come out to play on a regular basis. If you are a parent, really enjoy your time with your children. Whatever you do throughout the day, it can become more fun with a playful attitude, and this can melt away stress.

What are you doing for fun this weekend?