I’m reading a fascinating book at the moment by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler titled “The Decision Book“.
It contains 50 models for strategic thinking to help in making decisions.
One of the strategies is understanding how to identify being happy. They quote a study conducted by US psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (yep, go on – say it out loud).
Mihaly interviewed over a thousand people about what made them happy and used their responses to determine the 5 most common indicators, which were:
- They were intensely focussed on an activity
- It was of their own choosing
- It was not under-challenging (boring) or over-challenging (overwhelming)
- It had a clear objective
- Which received immediate feedback
He coined the phrase ‘in the flow‘ to describe that mental state.
The participants that experienced this ‘flow‘ were said to have a profound sense of satisfaction and they lost track of time because they were totally absorbed.
Easy to imagine athletes, musicians, artists etc. reaching this place often but ask yourself when was the last time you experienced all 5 of the above?
If you want to be happier look for projects that will enable this state of mind – and if you employ people or manage people, figure out ways to engage them in tasks that create that outcome. They will be a lot happier and you will undoubtedly create a more productive, creative and content workplace.
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