More about Happiness…

 

We define mindfulness as the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present .

Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi studied this state of being and coined the term Flow.

His research suggested that money and luxury doesnโ€™t bring people happiness.

He found that humans are at their happiest when in flow.

Now, what is this flow?ย 

Being completely absorbed in an activity for its own sake, giving your heightened attention to just one thing.

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This is an example of a diagram that Mihaly illustrated in one of his books :

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience.

What this shows is that based on the intensity of challenges and skills,ย If what we do has a high level of challenge and we use our skills at the maximum level, then we enter the state of flow. This is a state of deep happiness, where oneย  exhibits their creativity, potential and be accomplished, in control with an intrinsic motivation.

Achieving the flow involves certain factors.

Choosing a task. A single task that can be done in solitude. There are endless examples like playing the piano, running, writing, dancing, singing, etc.ย 

Allowing enough time. Setting aside a lot of time so that the mind can be fully immersed in that one task.ย 

Setting clear goals. What you are doing and why you are doing it?ย 

Near balance of a challenge-to-skills ratio. Flows exist near the midline of boredom and anxiety. If the task is dull, you disengage. If it is too hard, fear spikes and we look for a way out. The challenge needs to be slightly greater than our skill so that we stay in the sweet spot.

The flow is important to not get distracted by little things and being able to focus on one task to complete it. Itโ€™s a great way to bring peace in our daily lives and living every moment to the fullest with lasting satisfaction.

โ€œTo be able to concentrate for a considerable time is essential to difficult achievement.โ€ โ€“ Bertrand Russell

Saania Saxena ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

133 thoughts on “More about Happiness…

  1. Hi Saania. Your article is wonderful. Even Mahatma Buddha said that do one thing at one time, and I also learnt in the art of living that we should live in the present moment.
    Keep it up! Very proud!

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  2. Wow! So what will my little philosopher be doing to get into โ€œflowโ€??
    I was reflecting on what made Diza so ecstasic on new year eve? I mean we go out and eat out as family every week, so what made her so happy on 31st December?
    Perhaps it was because she โ€˜wanted to be happyโ€™… because her mind told her this was the day to be happy.
    Could happiness then be more about our mindset, our attitude, and less about external circumstances?

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  3. Money and luxury brings satisfaction and also it brings dissatisfaction too. As now with increasing purchasing power, your wants increase. So, it brings satisfaction to a certain period and then its back to normal.
    Also, the extract that you shared was really engaging to read. I agree that we get our best potential if we put our best skills to work.
    Great share Sania!

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  4. Bravo โœŒ๏ธ inspiring blog ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐhave a great new year ๐ŸŒน Great sketch of pictographic! Nicely expressed Happiness in flow! Keep blogging my friend, cheers! May all your wishes fullfill this year ๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŽถ

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  5. Once again very informative article and what was I needed to read on first day of new year. We can achieve the most when in flow however most of times we fail to get in flow and get distratced by unnecessarily… Keep writing..:)

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  6. Very informative I ๐Ÿ’– it keep posting such a beautiful articles……my lil ๐Ÿ‘‘princes wish you a very happyyyyy new year๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ

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  7. Very well written article Saania. Good thing about your posts is that you always explain it with examples and simplicity.

    After reading this, guess everyone will figure out their flow and try to devote more time to it

    ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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  8. Wonderful blog post… The “Flow” is very correct word to describe human happiness…
    Actually the life is pure longing for deeper and deeper into existence…When in the flow each moment can be utterly satisfying; for example you are dancing or just say painting, each brush, each colour that you throw on the canvas, each moment of it, is totally satisfying. There is nothing more to it. You are utterly lost, possessed… loving it and very happy…
    But once the painting is complete it can never be totally satisfying, a great sadness will descend… The reason why this happens is that peak, that climax, that orgasmic experience is over, that thrill, that adventure, that going into the unknown is over which was when you in the flow- Painting or Dancing whatever…
    Also, out of incomplete satisfaction or sadness, only another longing arises… If it is totally perfect or satisfying, nothing is more is left… It indicates death…
    In the life nothing really is ever perfect or can ever be perfect… imperfection has a beauty of its own because imperfection has a life…whenever something is really perfect, life will disappear from it…

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful post, totally agreed with humans are happiest when in the flow… ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Heyy Saania,
    I read your blog and really loved it! Made me think a lot and i completely agree with all that you said…especially for us stressed out 9th graders, the flow is a state of mind that we all need, not only to focus on our work but also just to relax and unwind….
    Looking forward to seeing more posts from you!

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  10. Good post! Kudos and Thanks, Saania! To Your:

    ‘Achieving the flow involves certain factors.

    Choosing a task. A single task that can be done in solitude,’

    I would like to add what I practise: Choosing SMALL things, at least for the beginning! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Interesting theory, happiness however is a state of mind and as fickle as the mind is. The reason why we might feel happy when engrossed in a task is that our fickle mind is too focussed to be questioning whether we are truly happy ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. A well written article. You always bring very informative subjects. Keep it up.
    Still not able to pronounce the Doctor’s full name. ๐Ÿ˜…

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