I stumbled upon an interesting readingÂ during my miracle morning, and want to share this with everyone. This is a “flow” chart of a person to determine their level of happiness.
If you paid any attention during Philosophy 101 class in college days, you will recall that Aristotle came to a conclusion that a person wants to be happy above all else. But the real question is:
What makes you happy?
It was actually quite hard for me to answer the question above until IÂ stumble on this concept. The chart below is from aÂ Psychologist named Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. He took Aristotle concept a bit further and call it “flow“. According to him, you are happy when you are in the “flow”. The “flow” usually occurs when:
- intensely focused on an activity
- of our own choosing, that is
- neither under-challenging (bore-out) nor over-challenging (burnout), that has
- a clear objective, and that receives
- immediate feedback.
Each person is different. I can only tell you from my personal experience. My happiness for example, does not come from relaxation with a glass of margarita on the beach like most people. In fact, if you put me on a beach for three months and make me do nothing but staring at the sea, IÂ will be bored to death.
Â On the opposite side, I am happiest when IÂ am productive. I could not be happierÂ when I got a perfect deal for my clients. Just like athletes are the happiest when they are absorbed in an intense physicalÂ activity and reach a new level, I have to be in the “flow” in order to be happy.
Have you ever immerse yourself in an activity that you completely forget theÂ present of time, and have a profound sense of satisfaction when the job is well done? Â Recall how you feel about that time
I am in the flow when my hand touches Real Estate. What about you? I can’t wait to hear your story.
Recommended reading: The Decision Book: 50 models for strategic thinking
In the picture: Â Another…happiest moment in life, other than Real Estate.