Steverino's magic pill for instant happiness...


Hello, again my knowledgeable friend...


Happiness ex-purt, Mihaly Csiksgentmihalyi, famously argued that each of us is responsible for our own happiness, and no one can create this experience for us. 

Csiksgentmihalyi's research reveals that we must enter a state of flow to change our state of consciousness. 

Csiksgentmihalyi describes the mental state of flow as,

'...being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you're using your skills to the utmost.'
 

So how the heck can you experience this state of happiness more?
 According to Csiksgentmihalyi, there are several factors at work: 

  • Make sure you have clear goals every step of your way...
  • Capture immediate feedback on your actions...
  • Improve your hands-on learning... 
  • Be in a distraction-free environment...
  • Let go of your fear of failure...
  • Get lost in the moment...
  • Enjoy whatever it is that you're doing for the sheer sake of doing it.

In short, if you want to be happier do something this week that is unpredictable...

Challenging...

Or, that stretches you beyond your comfort zone.

All of these activities trigger a state of flow in your mind and body. 

So, put yourself in a situation where your skills are tested. 

Instead of running away from pain...

Head towards it. 

Who knows? You might just find that pleasure is a liar. And, what you've really been after is something you've been avoiding all along...

A challenge worthy of your best self.

Who'd a thunk that being an adult and taking responsibility for your life actually makes you happier?

Here's to finding your flow this week...
Steve Knox

PS. I'm about to set sail to the great land of my birth, the good ole U.S. of A...

I'll be hitting 8 states in just under 3 weeks - speaking, workshopping and connecting with some of you.

If you'd like to bring me into your fine business establishments later this year, please check out a handful of talks I've put together over yonder at:

https://www.steveknox.us/keynotes/