Many people associate happiness with a state of “doing nothing”, however the truth is that the most authentic moments of happiness take place when we are busy, working hard, deeply emerged in something that we find interesting, fully focused and committed.
This state of consciousness is often referred to as ‘flow’. I think we all remember those moments of creativity and passion. I would strongly recommend a book titled “Flow” (available here) by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi who created the psychological concept of flow.
An experiment for you: next time you realize you have just been in a state of flow – try to make a mental snapshot of how you feel, your emotions, level of happiness and inner peace.
When was the last time you had this uplifting feeling of accomplishment and awareness that you achieved some form of perfection, or in simple words ‘did a good job’?
This could have been at work, school, home, when solving some difficult design problem, or simply sorting out some home duties. Or maybe you discovered something new, found a solution to a problem, improved or created something, optimized some process, got rid of some inefficiency, in other words made your life, home, friendship, project, product or even the world a bit better?
We believe such moments are a quintessence of happiness. That’s when your reality seems to flow, without distractions, in the right direction bringing this amazing feeling of fulfillment.
And now an experiment for you: next time you feel in this way, try to make a mental snapshot of that situation, try to memorize when and how it happened, what emotions and thoughts it triggered, also make a note or photo if possible. That snapshot will be your recipe and template for generating and attracting your future moments of happiness. Because happiness means action.
True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new. (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)