Go with the Flow

Positive Psychology research has found that those who experience flow in their lives are happier or have increased well being.

Psychological Flow is a term that was coined by the psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. It is a positive mental state of intense connection to the present moment and enjoyment achieved from being engaged in a specific activity.

When in flow, you are unselfconscious of what you’re doing. It happens when we have a balance between our skill and challenge. Some people talk about it as being “in the zone”.

Csikszentmihalyi's flow model

Some of the Benefits of Flow

  • Provides a natural high.

  • Very rewarding

  • Stress relief

  • Makes one happy

  • Good way to build on skills and talents

How to stay in Flow

  • Be open to new and different experiences.

  • Continue learning and challenging yourself

How to increase Flow

  • Control attention

  • Adopt new values

  • Learn what flow is

  • Transform routine tasks

We can have flow in our conversations, our work and things we enjoy. We see it in athletics, art, music, dance and in learning. We see this in our lives when we are doing things we have skill in but it is also challenging us.

Jennifer White, LCSW

Jennifer specializes in helping people with depression, anxiety, sexuality concerns, trauma, and faith transitions/journeys. She offers coaching/consultation and therapy services to individuals, couples and families.

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