- Ian Gwonsang Shin
- South Korea
undergrad Aeronautical Sceince, Korea Aerospace Univ.
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Is 'Flow' directly related to happiness?
When you are experiencing Flow, you get so absorbed in doing something that you lose all awareness of time and other things around you (even the problems). This state was defined by Dr.Csikszentmyhalyi. One of the requirement for a state of Flow is that the activity has to be challenging.
I experience the state of Flow a lot. I think that experiencing Flow is kind of happiness. But Dr. Csikszentmyhalyi said there is a definite difference between Flow and the happiness. Because if you are in a state of Flow, you won't aware whether you feel happy or not.
Now, I am so curious about the difference between them. Focusing on something and doing something enthusiastically makes people satisfied. This is happiness exactly! People want to work and do something that they can focus on. Why? They feel happy from that!
What do you think?