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Sunday, May 20, 2007

A map to hapiness and optimal experience

In his book Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced as "Chick-Sent-Me-Hali") explores the map of finding happiness. His over a quarter of a century research suggests that happiness is achieved when a person achieves growth in his life through getting to a goal and overcoming all obstacles in the way to this goal. The mental condition in which a preson is found when struggling and getting his goal is called Flow.

To get into the Flow you need to:

  • Control you consciousness
  • Build order and focus by making realistic goals
  • Struggling to overcome obstacles and achieve goals is the most enjoyable activity you can be involved in.
  • Condition yourself to get into the flow and stay there.
  • Acquire physical and sensory skills to practice flow, like playing music, athleticism or Yoga.
  • Acquire symbolic skills like when playing chess or learning mathematics.
  • Transfer you work into flow-producing activity.
  • Have meaningful relationships with your family and friends.
  • Enjoy life in face of adversity.
  • Find Meaning in all you experience.
If you can do all that it does not matter if you are healthy or sick, rich or poor you could find hapiness in your life. And the most surprising fact is that it is doable.

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