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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.
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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