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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on Ted



Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Creativity, fulfillment and flow


It was years ago when I first read 'Finding Flow'. It is one of those smaller books that deliver a giant message. If I were to epitomize its content, it is a scientist's explanation of happiness. Many great writers have written books on approaching happiness. Most of these are 'How to' guides.
Mihaly approaches this elusive topic differently.

He provides a glimpse of people who have happiness. Many do not have great career success and many are not wealthy. Lack of material goods makes one unhappy but having material abundance does not, by itself guarantee happiness.

Much has been written also about the Zen state, a state when an artist forgets himself, a scientist is drawn into a solution mindset. There is a sense of contribution to others but gives a person joy. It is about loving what you do and find meaning in it. It is a time when time itself stops for the individual. Few can describe this state as Mihali can.


This speech on TED epitomizes Csikszentmihalyi's research on 'work done for its own sake.' This state need not just come from work. It can be when one is with friends or sometimes (very seldom) when one watches something that moves her on TV.


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