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Resources about getting and being in Flow

Updated: Aug 4, 2021

Flow or ‘being in Flow’ is an optimal state of human experience. It is when your internal state (mind, body and emotions) and your external environment and activity come together harmoniously. This produces an overall feeling of being totally absorbed, involved, content, fulfilled, happy, calm and relaxed – and you experience being totally present in the moment – fully present in what you are doing at the time. Flow experiences are an antidote to multi-tasking and over busyness and you get to enjoy a single focussed activity that you love.

Find out more about being in Flow


Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Mihaly Csikszentmihaly, first published 1990

Happy: Derren Brown, first published 2016


1. 9 Steps to Achieving Flow (and Happiness) in your work, Leo Babauta

2. Flow in the time of COVID 19 – Findings from China November 2020

In this research in lockdown in China ‘people who experienced high levels flow showed little or no association between quarantine length and poorer well-being. These findings suggest that experiencing flow (typically by engaging in flow-inducing activities) may be a particularly effective way to protect against potentially deleterious effects of a period of quarantine…Our findings provide a glimmer of hope for people struggling with the challenges of social distancing or even complete quarantine: The time may pass more quickly if you find your flow.’

3. Flow activities as a route to living well with less, Amy Isham, Birgitta Gaterslaben, Tim Jackson - Environment and Behaviour September 2018


FLOW, Animated book summary, Mihaly Csikszentmihaly

Ted Talk:

FLOW, the secret to happiness Mihaly Csikszentmihaly

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