From one of the pioneers of the scientific study of happiness, an indispensable guide to living your best life.
What makes a good life? Is it money? An important job? Leisure time? Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi believes our obsessive focus on such measures has led us astray. Work fills our days with anxiety and pressure, so that during our free time, we tend to live in boredom, watching TV or absorbed by our phones.
What are we missing? To answer this question, Csikszentmihalyi studied thousands of people, and he found the key. People are happiest when they challenge themselves with tasks that demand a high degree of skill and commitment, and which are undertaken for their own sake. Instead of watching television, play the piano. Take a routine chore and figure out how to do it better, faster, more efficiently. In short, learn the hidden power of complete engagement, a psychological state the author calls flow. Though they appear simple, the lessons in Finding Flow are life-changing.
About the Author
Mihaly Csikszentmihaly is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University and the founder and co-director of the Quality of Life Research Center. He is the author of a number of books, including the bestselling Flow, The Evolving Self, Creativity, and Being Adolescent. He lives in Claremont, California
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book has lots of interesting ideas about how to reach a state of happiness moment by moment in your life. The author discusses that this optimal state can be reached in any type of circumstance if approached in the right way. And he discusses the right way or at least a few of them. I'd recommend this book and 'The Ever-Transcending Spirit' by Toru Sato to anyone in search for real happiness. 'The Ever-Transcending Spirit' explains this experience in a wider context, in relation to consciousness, development, close relationships, and evolution. Both books are truly excellent and have been the most helpful to me in my search.
I found this book to be an enjoyable introduction to the concept of flow. The combination of self-help meets science, along with it's small size made the topic enjoyable and interesting. Despite the author's tendency to stray a bit far into humanistic realms than I choose to follow, I moved on to read this book's prequel: 'Flow'.
Concept that our leisure can be active and passive; we can involve ourselves in short-term rewarding relaxation t-v watching with diminishing returns, or more fulfilling active study, learning an instrument, experimentation, or hobby where there is high-difficulty and high-skill.. In these situations it may require and initial investment of time before a sense of getting somewhere; the author refers to the sense of time-flying, as 'flow.' An 'Autotelic' person is one who has purpose on the inside, and isn't as much motivated by outside rewards, or is self-motivated; a self-starter. He suggests that a person learning music, to be a scientist, doing prayer/meditation, or working out, focus on building attention rather than the rewards that may follow from the discipline. Building attention and concentration will improve flow in said person's life. Highly interesting book with better core ideas than most, but with some filler and repetition.