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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quotes

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “The happiest people spend much time in a state of flow – the state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is so enjoyable that people will do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Flow is being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Act as if the future of the universe depends on what you do, while laughing at yourself for thinking that your actions make any difference.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “A person can make himself happy, or miserable, regardless of what is actually happening ‘outside,’ just by changing the contents of consciousness.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Purpose provides activation energy for living.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Goals transform a random walk into a chase.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “A typical day is full of anxiety and boredom. Flow experiences provide the flashes of intense living against this dull background.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Control of consciousness determines the quality of life.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Those periods of struggling to overcome challenges are what people find to be the most enjoyable times.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Knowing oneself is not so much a question of discovering what is present in one’s self, but rather the creation of who one wants to be.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Happiness does not simply happen to us. It’s something that we make happen.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “It is when we act freely, for the sake of the action itself rather than for ulterior motives, that we learn to become more than what we were.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “It is essential to learn to enjoy life. It really does not make sense to go through the motions of existence if one does not appreciate as much of it as possible.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “One cannot lead a life that is truly excellent without feeling that one belongs to something greater and more permanent than oneself.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “It is by being fully involved with every detail of our lives, whether good or bad, that we find happiness, not by trying to look for it directly.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “If we are so rich, why aren’t we happy?”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “It is how people respond to stress that determines whether they will profit from misfortune or be miserable.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Take charge of your schedule. Make time for reflection and relaxation.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Repeatedly we question the necessity of our actions and evaluate critically the reasons for carrying them out. But in flow there is no need to reflect, because the action carries us forward as if by magic.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “People generally report higher levels of stress, depression, and tension after watching TV. It seems that TV’s main virtue is that it occupies the mind undemandingly.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Contrary to what most of us believe, happiness does not simply happen to us. It’s something that we make happen, and it results from doing our best. Feeling fulfilled when we live up to our potentialities is what motivates differentiation and leads to evolution.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Optimal experience is that rare occasion when we feel a sense of exhilaration, a deep sense of enjoyment that is long cherished and that becomes a landmark in memory for what life should be like.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Wake up in the morning with a specific goal to look forward to.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “To be creative, a person has to internalize the entire system that makes creativity possible. Creative individuals are remarkable for their ability to adapt to almost any situation and to make do with whatever is at hand to reach their goals.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “It is better to look suffering straight in the eye, acknowledge and respect it’s presence, and then get busy as soon as possible focusing on things we choose to focus on.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “If you do anything well, it becomes enjoyable. To keep enjoying something, you need to increase its complexity.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Even without success, creative persons find joy in a job well done. Learning for its own sake is rewarding.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “For better or worse, our future will be determined in large part by our dreams and by the struggle to make them real.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Enjoyment appears at the boundary between boredom and anxiety, when the challenges are just balanced with the person’s capacity to act.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Attention is psychic energy, and like physical energy, unless we allocate some part of it to the task at hand, no work gets done.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Flow is hard to achieve without effort. Flow is not ’wasting time.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “To gain control over the quality of experience, one needs to learn how to build enjoyment into what happens day in, day out.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Competition is an easy way to get into flow.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “The most important step in emancipating oneself from social controls is the ability to find rewards in the events of each moment.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Competition is enjoyable only when it is a means to perfect one’s skills; when it becomes an end in itself, it ceases to be fun.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “If we agree that the bottom line of life is happiness, not success, then it makes perfect sense to say that it is the journey that counts, not reaching the destination.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Some individuals have developed such strong internal standards that they no longer need the opinion of others to judge whether they have performed a task well or not. The ability to give objective feedback to oneself is in fact the mark of the expert.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Other things equal, a life filled with complex flow activities is more worth living than one spent consuming passive entertainment.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Most enjoyable activities are not natural; they demand an effort that initially one is reluctant to make. But once the interaction starts to provide feedback to the person’s skills, it usually begins to be intrinsically rewarding.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “For a person to become deeply involved in any activity it is essential that he knows precisely what tasks he must accomplish, moment by moment.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Find out what you like and what you hate about life. Start doing more of what you love, less of what you hate.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “The mood state Americans are in, on average, when watching television is mildly depressed.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “The task is to learn how to enjoy everyday life without diminishing other people’s chances to enjoy theirs.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Getting control of life is never easy, and sometimes it can be definitely painful.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Develop what you lack.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “It is as if evolution has built a safety device in our nervous system that allows us to experience full happiness only when we are living at 100%-when we are fully using the physical and mental equipment we have been given.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “If we know what that set point is, we can predict fairly accurately when you will be in flow, and it will be when your challenges are higher than average and skills are higher than average.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Often we don’t have a good notion of what our talents are, because we have never had a chance to try them out.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Creativity is any act, idea, or product that changes an existing domain, or that transforms an existing domain into a new one What counts is whether the novelty he or she produces is accepted for inclusion in the domain.”
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