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.
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
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.