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Updated July 31, 2013

Flow

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Definition: The concept of 'flow' was first studied by Positive Psychology researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Flow refers to a state of total absorption in a given activity, to the point where time seems to slow or stop, and self-consciousness is greatly diminished. This is a state of being completely engaged in something to the point of being in a near meditative state. It carries many of the benefits of meditation and mindfulness, leaving you much less stressed when you’re done. You can experience ‘flow’ when you’re doing creative activities that utilize your special strengths, like writing, drawing, and even gardening. Certain jobs lend themselves to flow, and these jobs tend to bring greater job satisfaction.

Flow can be a great vehicle for stress relief. Many people set their lives up to purposely incorporate more moments of flow--and life coaches recommend that we all do this more often because of the benefits flow can bring. Read more about great jobs that involve flow and meaning. Also, see this resource for ways to get more flow in your life.

Also Known As: 'Being In The Zone' or 'Being In The Groove'
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