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"Elegantly written...it is more relevant than ever" (The Times)

"Mr Csikszentmihalyi illuminates the accuracy of what philosophers have been saying for centuries: that the way to happiness lies not in mindless hedonism but in mindful challenge" (The New York Times)

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This classic popular psychology title explains how, by altering our perspective, we can find happiness, dispel disharmony and enter a state of perfect equilibrium - a state of 'flow'

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: RHUK (1 August 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712657592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712657594
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I wonder, how I missed the book! Went through the first chapter.

As the author says rightly, more or less we know how to achieve happiness but a scholar had to do research on the same! It's an humble statement on the great work done.

Probably he captures the gist when he mentions about a quote in Viktor Frankl's preface to 'Man's Search for Meaning' happiness (and success) must happen,... you have to let it happen by not caring about it'. In a way, 'happiness (and success) must not be pursued; they should ensue.'

The author provides a great insight into 'Flow' in a lucid manner. Awaiting the exciting ride through the remaining chapters!

6th June 2011

Prof. Mihaly does a great job in making the concept accessible to all.

He defines 'Flow' as 'the Optimal Experience', which has the following elements;
- Capability meets the right challenge
- Capability gets enhanced
- Clear Goals are set
- Continuous Feedback
- Awareness merges with the experience
- Self unites with the team
- Time shortens!

Prof. Mihaly talks about Autotelism ("having a purpose in and not apart from itself"). Autotelic people and activities to help readers strive for flow.

He also compares Yoga from India and Tao from China with Optimal experiences to suggest that they all are the same. Some scholars argue that Yoga and Tao are different; as they lead to 'Nirvana' state or 'spiritual liberalization'. Optimal Experiences also pave way for such states.

He comes out with many examples and case studies while explaining the concept and dynamics of achieving happiness.

There is an example of Nobel Laureate Prof. S Chandrasekhar, while talking about Autotelic people. Prof.
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By Keval Rati Priya TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 July 2014
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If you ask me to pick up one self-help book that has influenced me greatly, among many that I have read,
Flow will be my choice.

The book, thankfully, doesn't prescribe inanities like 'positive attitude', 'be happy', 'keep smiling' or
'think and you will get it'. The book advises us to get involved in anything that demands our
full attention; to do so, the writer recommends engagement in creative and challenging activities,
and thus enhancing the range of our experiences.

Csikszentmihalyi writes well--very well, indeed--but then one would expect it from an academic
who taught at the University of Chicago. The achievement of his style is in making this book
fascinating for readers. Yet, some readers, who have read nothing but simple self-help books,
may find it a little difficult to wade through his prose.

Csikszentmihalyi advises us to learn new skills and challenge our minds to get out of
routine and habits; a variety of experiences enrich us and keep us healthy--leading to
happiness. According to him, the routine life makes us inattentive and dull, resulting
in anxiety and emotional pressure. Csikszentmihalyi prescribes 'attention' and 'commitment'
to wake us up and put us in touch with our emotional self.

The obvious criticism with this prescription is this: the ideas are meant for those who
are well off and do not have to worry about survival issues.

That may be true, and, as a reader, I belong to that class; yet, I must admit that the book has
changed my attitude to life in many ways and given me a lot, pushing me to explore new
avenues, and consequently my actions have made me happy. Yes, happy during that moment
of full engagement with whatever I did.
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This book is truly about organizing and living a more meaningful life. Rather than limiting itself to philosophical concepts, it provides concrete action items one could take towards bringing order in our disarrayed experiences. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to unshackle and march beyond the constraints of evolution and society.
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I recommend potential readers to listen to the TED talk by the same author. He has both intellectual and practical credentials to write a book like this. This is not a self-help book; it is the most authentic and objective treatise on the subject of Happiness I came across. And read it slowly, "some books are to be chewed and digested."
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As always reached before time and in pristine condition. One of the must books to read. For all the intellectual and highly educated people out there . This books tells in detail ,everything about "Happiness " you need to know
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Csikszentmihalyi deserves kudos for bringing out such an in-depth work to readers. It's a Bible on the subject of engagement and flow. The prose is impeccable and the work cent percent authentic. Kudos!
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In the book the author has presented his understanding on the subject 'Happiness' after years of research and analysis. The definition of happiness that he has presented in this book is the control of consciousness or the control of our conscious mind. I must mention that this is not a self-help book by any means. This book provides the reader with ample knowledge of what is happiness and whether it is possible to achieve it in our daily life.
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