The optimal experience of flow

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The optimal experience of flow

To create an optimal experience, he or she has to pay attention to what he or she is doing; paying attention to what's going on and trying to interact with the reality that they are living in, at the moment. If you are complete involved in what you are doing; whether its music or art, you can lose yourself in the activity and, say, "This is great. This is what life should be like." Some people find external support for the experience, like music or art or something athletic; but you can do it at home, in the kitchen or wherever you are, by paying attention and doing your best.

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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD

Psychologist & Researcher

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi was born in Italy of Hungarian parents. He came to the United States at age 22, became a psychologist, taught at the University of Chicago for 30 years and was Chairman of the Department of Psychology. Since 1999 he has been a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University in Southern California. Of the 13 books he wrote or co-authored, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience is the best known; it has been translated in 29 languages. He and his wife Isabella spend the summers in Montana, where the rest of the family comes to visit and hike in the mountains.

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