Hi, welcome to Bookey. Today we’ll unlock the book ‘Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience’.
Have you ever heard of the myth of King Midas and the Golden Touch? King Midas, like many people, believed that he could achieve happiness if he amassed countless wealth. So, he prayed to the gods, and they granted him the ability to turn everything he touched into gold. However, Midas soon regretted it, because when he wanted to eat or drink, everything he touched would turn to gold, and he could not swallow his food. In the end, he starved to death in a heap of gold.
In an age of abundance, the pursuit of happiness has become the goal of most people’s lives. We always believe that as long as we have enough money and a high social status, we can find happiness. Is this true? Hedonists still feel empty after engaging in self-indulgence, and those who seek fame and fortune do not get a sense of security from money and power. Many people live in good conditions, but still suffer from anxiety. On the other hand, there are then people who have a great passion for work and life, and who are very focused in what they do. Wherever they are, they can always enjoy themselves and successfully find amusement in their surroundings.
You must be wondering why there are such differences between people, and what kind of philosophy do those who have a great passion for life follow? All your questions can be found in the book ‘Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience’. After reading this book, you will have a deeper understanding of happiness, and you can even become a happier person.
Based on the results of a long-term and large-scale study, the author pioneered the groundbreaking theory of “flow” and pointed out that the key to happiness is to obtain the optimal experience. This is called “flow”. The author emphasizes that “flow” is not just chicken soup for the soul, but a science that allows you to stay focused, efficient, and double your happiness. After reading this book, you can understand what a “flow” experience is, the meaning of “flow”, how to achieve “flow”, and finally, understand what true happiness in life is.
The author of this book is Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. He has a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Chicago, and is one of the founders of positive psychology. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi devoted his entire life to the study of happiness and creativity. He is also a pioneer in the study of “flow”. His book ‘Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience’ has been translated into more than 30 languages since it was published in 1990 and has been a bestseller around the world for decades. Through learning and practicing “flow” theory, countless people have gained more control over their work and life, significantly boosting their happiness, and changing their lives.
Next, We’ll unlock the major points of the book in three parts:
Part one: “Flow” brings happiness
Part two: The conditions of “flow”
Part three: Where the “flow” experience comes from