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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on flow | Video on

Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, "What makes a life worth living?" Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of "flow".

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on the Web:

Research: Quality of Life Research Center
Homepage: Claremont Graduate University
Interview: Wired 4.09
Game: A videogame based on Flow
Wikipedia: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Mihaly 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.

Csikszentmihalyi teaches psychology and management at Claremont Graduate University, focusing on human strengths such as optimism, motivation and responsibility. He's the director the the Quality of Life Research Center there. He has written numerous books and papers about the search for joy and fulfillment.
"A man obsessed by happiness."
Richard Flaste, New York Times