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  • To engage deeply in a constructive activity
  • To be in a state of flow
  • To be absorbed in the present moment


Flow can be described as having 6 primary components:

  • Intense and focused concentration on the present moment
  • Merging of action and awareness
  • A loss of reflective self-consciousness
  • A sense of personal control or agency over the situation or activity
  • A distortion of temporal experience in which one's subjective experience of time is altered
  • Experience of the activity as intrinsically rewarding, also referred to as autotelic experience


Regular engagement and flow has notable effects on one's brain in relation to flourishing.

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Subjective measures include the following self-assessment questions:

  • Overall, I regularly enter a state of flow and engagement in life.
  • I can easily enter a state of flow.
  • I can easily stay engaged.
  • I have interesting and challenging activities that often absorb my attention.
  • I can easily lose myself when deeply engaged in the moment.
  • I am often losing my sense of time and self-awareness while doing something I enjoy.
  • I am often able to focus all my attention and concentration in the present moment and activity.
  • I often feel a sense of control and agency when deeply immersed in an activity.


Try to measure your engagement weekly or at least monthly.

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Ideally every human should

  • Regularly be deeply engaged
  • Regularly enter a state of flow
  • Develop one's ability to become engaged, immersed, and absorbed by an enjoyable activity
  • Understand personal potential for engagement and flow
  • Track engagement and flow weekly and/or monthly
  • Set weekly and/or monthly goals based on personal potential


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