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Author: Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi

Year Published: 1990

Description: This book summarizes Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's positive psychology concept of "flow"—a mental state of consciousness during which an individual is completely absorbed, with energy and enjoyment, in a singular activity.  It examines the common experiences people in a state of flow describe and posits that achieving it is rooted in motivation and thus controllable, not random.  It also asserts that people experience flow at work more than at play, and that learning to harness its powers can lead to greater happiness and personal satisfaction personally and professionally. 

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'..success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must the unintended side-effect of one's personal dedication to a course greater than oneself.'


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