from an old ST article …
THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE …
- Spend the least time alone.
- Pursue personal growth and intimacy.
- Judge themselves by their own yardsticks, never against what others do or have.
THE FLOW OF LIFE
Life satisfaction occurs most often when people are engaged in absorbing activities that cause them to forget themselves, lose track of time and stop worrying.
“Flow” is the term that psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi coined to describe this phenomenon.
A life of many activities in flow is likely to be a life of great satisfaction.
“One of the happiest men I ever met was a 64-year-old Chicago welder with a fourth-grade education,” he says. The man took immense pride in his work, refusing a promotion to foreman that would have kept him from what he loved to do.