When I consider how to help people “work happy,” I am drawn to the teachings of Mihaly Csickszentmihalyi. He has authored hundreds of articles as well as the seminal book, “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience.” He is an expert on achieving happiness in our work and in our lives.
According to Csickszentmihalyi, we are in the flow when:
- Time flies.
- We become completely absorbed in what we are doing.
- Our ego falls away and we are invested in the activity at hand for its own sake not for the money or the glory.
- There is balance between our skill level and the task that lies before us.
- Like a jazz musician, we find a natural progression from one step to the next as we move through our tasks.
I often believe that world peace and all other ills of the world will be solved if each person finds a way to put their divine gifts and talents to work. Step into the deep water and go with the flow. Approach your work as if there is no such thing as “Plan B.” In order to go with the flow, there can only plan “Be.”