Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience Chapter 1 Discussion: Happiness Revisited | Flow Book Club

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Our group discussion on Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. This is done in collaboration with the meetup group 52 Living Ideas.

Chapter 1: Happiness Revisited

In this chapter, MC explores the question “what is happiness?” and introduces the concept of flow. He tells us, “The optimal state of inner experience is one in which there is order in consciousness. This happens when psychic energy—or attention—is invested in realistic goals, and when skills match the opportunities for action. The pursuit of a goal brings order in awareness because a person must concentrate attention on the task at hand and momentarily forget everything else. The periods of struggling to overcome challenges are what people find to be the most enjoyable times of their lives”

Topics: “The Roots of Discontent”, “The Shields of Culture”, “Reclaiming Experience”, “Paths of Liberation”

Music:

“Ask Me Why” by Matthew Billman and K. Joia Houheneka

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