Happiness Doesn’t Just Happen; You Need to Be Prepared

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi quotation A joyful life is an individual creation. Cannot be copied.“Happiness is not something that happens…” says Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a positive psychologist, who has contributed pioneering work to the understanding of happiness, creativity, human fulfillment and the notion of ‘flow’.

In his book, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Csikszentmihalyi says of happiness:

It is not the result of good fortune or random chance. It is not something that money can buy or power can command. It does not depend on outside events, but, rather, on how we interpret them. Happiness, in fact, is a condition that must be prepared for, cultivated, and defended privately by each person. People who learn to control inner experience will be able to determine the quality of their lives, which is as close as any of us can come to being happy.

So are you prepared for happiness?

Do you know how to cultivate or defend happiness? What must you do and what skills must you develop? If controlling your inner experience is what is required to determine the quality of our lives, do you know how to do it?

In this TED Talk, Flow, the Secret to Happiness, Csikszentmihalyi provides some of the answers. It is really worth watching!

In the comments, please share your thoughts about the video.


About rcullen2015

I am an author, attorney, mediator and Professor of Law at the Santa Clara University. My first book was 'The Leading Lawyer, a Guide to Practicing Law and Leadership'. Now I am working on a book about 3S: Success, Significance and Satisfaction for the 50+ crowd.
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