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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: “The mood state Americans are in, on average, when watching television is mildly depressed.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “One of the most frequently mentioned dimensions of the flow experience is that, while it lasts, one is able to forget all the unpleasant aspects of life.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “But shortcuts are dangerous; we cannot delude ourselves that our knowledge is further along than it actually is.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Entropy is the normal state of consciousness – a condition that is neither useful nor enjoyable.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “It does not seem to be true that work necessarily needs to be unpleasant. It may always have to be hard, or at least harder than doing nothing at all. But there is ample evidence that work can be enjoyable, and that indeed, it is often the most enjoyable part of life.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Shift often from openness to closure.”
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: “Happiness is a condition that must be prepared for, cultivated, and defended privately by each person.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “If you are interested in something, you will focus on it, and if you focus attention on anything, it is likely that you will become interested in it. Many of the things we find interesting are not so by nature, but because we took the trouble of paying attention to them.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Since the purpose of business is to satisfy existing desires, or stimulate new ones, if everyone were genuinely happy, there would be no need for business any longer.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “People without an internalized symbolic system can all too easily become captives of the media.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Studying creativity is not an elite distraction, but provides one of the most exciting models for living.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Try to be surprised by something every day.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Whether we like it or not, each of us is constrained by limits on what we can do and feel. To ignore these limits leads to denial and eventually to failure. To achieve excellence, we must first understand the reality of the everyday, with all its demands.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Pain and pleasure occur in consciousness and exist only there.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Discipline is not always internalized and actually can breed resentment among children.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “When each of these three elements of vision-concern for excellence, for people and for the wider environment-are present, business is transformed from a tool for making profits into a creative, humane experiment for improving life.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “There are two main strategies we can try to improve the quality of life. The first is to try making external conditions match our goals. The second is to change how we experience external conditions to make them fit our goals better.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “And, in fact, you can find that the lack of basic resources, material resources, contributes to unhappiness, but the increase in material resources do not increase happiness.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “As long as we respond predictably to what feels good and what feels bad, it is easy for others to exploit our preferences for their own ends.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “When people restrain themselves out of fear, their lives are by necessity diminished. They become rigid and defensive, and their self stops growing.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Half a century ago, the Austrian psychiatrist Viktor Frankl wrote that happiness cannot be attained by wanting to be happy – it must come as the unintended consequence of working for a goal greater than oneself.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Contrary to what we usually believe, moments like these, the best moments in our lives, are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times – although such experiences can also be enjoyable, if we have worked hard to attain them. The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “A person who forgoes the use of his symbolic skills is never really free.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “I think that evolution has had a hand in selecting people who had a sense of doing something beyond themselves.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Without the capacity to provide its own information, the mind drifts into randomness.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Write down each day what surprised you and how you surprised others. When something strikes a spark of interest, follow it.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Produce as many ideas as possible. Try to produce unlikely ideas.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “It is not the hearing that improves life, but the listening.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “What is the meaning of life?” turns out to be astonishingly simple. The meaning of life is meaning: whatever it is, wherever it comes from, a unified purpose is what gives meaning to life. The.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Flow” is the way people describe their state of mind when consciousness is harmoniously ordered, and they want to pursue whatever they are doing for its own sake. In reviewing some of the activities that consistently produce flow – such as sports, games, art, and hobbies – it becomes easier to understand what makes people happy.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “An ideal organization is one in which each worker’s potentialities find room for expression.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “For better or worse, our future is now closely tied to human creativity.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “The optimal state of inner experience is one in which there is order in consciousness. This happens when psychic energy – or attention – is invested in realistic goals, and when skills match the opportunities for action. The pursuit of a goal brings order in awareness because a person must concentrate attention on the task at hand and momentarily forget everything else.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “But it is impossible to enjoy a tennis game, a book, or a conversation unless attention is fully concentrated on the activity.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Only direct control of experience, the ability to derive moment-by-moment enjoyment from everything we do, can overcome the obstacles to fulfillment.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Unless a person knows how to give order to her thoughts, attention will be attracted to whatever is most problematic at the moment.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “We can either help to make this world a more incredible place than it has ever been, or we can hasten its return to inorganic dust.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “One of the surest ways to enrich life is to make experiences less fleeting.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Those who seek consolation in existing churches often pay for their peace of mind with a tacit agreement to ignore a great deal of what is known about the way the world works.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “To be overcome with the ultimate goal often interferes with performance.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “I have a naive trust in the universe – that at some level it all makes sense, and we can get glimpses of that sense if we try.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “We shape our life by deciding to pay attention to it. It is the direction of our attention and its intensity that will determines what we accomplish and how well.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “A business is successful to the extent that it provides a product or service that contributes to happiness in all of its forms.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “The roots of the word “compete” are the Latin con petire, which meant “to seek together.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “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.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Of all the virtues we can learn no trait is more useful, more essential for survival, and more likely to improve the quality of life than the ability to transform adversity into an enjoyable challenge.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Creating meaning involves bringing order to the contents of the mind by integrating one’s actions into a unified flow experience.”
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