When a writer's writing and an artist's painting, they seem to enter another world. They achieve levels of concentration that make them apparently lose contact with reality and experience real happiness.
Maybe it's one of the reasons why creative people love what they do.
During twenty years of research into aspects of happiness, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi discovered the importance of this state of 'flow.'
The great thing is that any of us can experience it. There are six important aspects that make it so satisfying.
- Using your skills
- Feeling in charge
- Losing yourself
- Forgetting time
If you don't, you can find yourself spending so long in your own world that you lose track of things that are important, like doctor's appointments and picking the children up from school.