Flow: Happiness in Super Focus

Flow: Happiness in Super Focus

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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience”

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, “The flow experience and its significance for human psychology”

Flow wikipedia page:

Bruce Lee, “Tao of Jeet Kune Do”

Csikszentmihalyi’s TED talk on flow:


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July 4, 2014 / 29 Comments / by / in
  • Ali

    So happy to find this video. I'm a final year PhD student. Last few years for me have been extremely slow. I have had a lot of mentally tiresome work like with any PhD (constantly reviewing literature, conducting experiments and self-evaluating at every stage etc). It has been so tiring that at the end I actually started feeling that I know nothing (which is apparently common with other PhDs). However, since last few months, once I have started writing up my thesis, I certainly feel the 'flow' state.

    I think the key requirement is the hard work and daily grind you have to put in beforehand.

  • Flow = this is hard, really hard – but I'm good, really good

  • Just got in touch with your channel and I loved it! Congratulations and thank you. I talk about FLOW and connection and your view on it sure added value and FLOW.

  • I like this.

  • Not to sound weird or anything, but has anyone said you look like Jake Roper from VSauce 3? You guys have the same teeth. I wonder if that has anything to do with success? Hmm

  • this is a damn good looking man!

  • brava!👏👏

  • great video mate

  • Is this state more challenging to get into if i have adhd?

  • When I code, I am in the high state of focus, never knew it was a thing. Interesting.

  • Csikszentmihalyi,…………………………………………..goddamn that's a name

  • Tao is pronounced Dow, like the first syllable of dowry, for example.

  • top

  • the camera is too close

  • AHHHHHH~!!

  • My friend…you are talented

  • I entire a flow state while eating an entire carton of ice cream

  • Great Video. Thanks

  • I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; 13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man – Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

  • Love all of your content, especially the identical tone of the endings 😉 "we…are…one."

  • Your channel continues to constantly tickle my intelligence. Keep going !

  • Wow

  • Great videos man! Keep them flowing.

  • inspirational food for thought

  • This is video really spoke to me. It seems intuitive, this concept of doing things because they have intrinsic value, because they give you that amazing sense of fulfilment and happiness, but it's so easy to forget that in this external opportunity-cost driven world- at least for me. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  • So amazing, love the channel 🙂

  • Flow state by focusing to breath. It's usefull in situation where you have to deal with psychological pressure. Stress is just hormones called cortisole, what causes the raising of heart-rate and breath density.

  • 4:22 Enable the captions.

  • Now I'm wondering how many people have their first name embedded in their last name

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