Happiness and Creative flow (the zone)

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

Albert Einstein

Happiness depend on how we interpret it. When we feel peace and harmony, we are happy. It depend on our inner peace. Realization of our life purpose, we do what we love .It is our passion that give us immense joy and excitement and everything fall into place. We don’t worry about our surrounding .We don’t think what others are thinking about us. There is no sign of emotional instability and stagnation in life.

The idea of flow came into being as a result of research on happiness. Researcher began asking themselves, “what make us happy?” and “when we are the most happy?” As a result of this research psychologists realized that to enter the flow state is a key of happiness. There are three basic pre-condition of flow:

1. Set up a goal
2. Challenges=skills
3. Immediate feedback

Flow state is that elusive state of consciousness (deep mindfulness).Flow is a transformational experience. We live in the present moment. In flow state, we feel and perform our best and feel with limitless energy. We are relaxed and calm and there are no worries of failure .Action and awareness are merged. Our productivity increase by 500%.we bring innovative ideas into the world. We become confident and self-aware about our strength and weakness. We do what we desire so our dream come true. Our emotional illness and physical illness heal. In flow state, we feel positive emotions like joy, excitement, courage, contentment, happiness etc.

Some   activities produce flow state like sports, games, art, hobbies, yoga, poetry, dance etc. We can draw infinite range of opportunity for enjoyment. So creativity produce flow and flow boost creativity or creativity ->flow->creativity.

In flow state, three elements pre requisites:

  • Focus- Focus is necessary to create flow. If less attention then we can’t create flow.
  • Risk-We should have enough courage to bring ideas into the world.
  • Rich environment-We feel creative flow in rich environment where we feel secured, encouraged and freedom.

In order to achieve a flow state, a balance must be struck between the challenge of the task and the skill of the performer. In the flow state has been described by the world greatest thinkers as the most productive and creative state of mind in which to work. To achieve the flow state on a regular basis is a key component of happiness.

Excellence comes naturally when we are doing what we love; passionate thing.

Siong Boon