From Bridget Grenville-Cleave at Posi­tive Psychology News Daily: In our Posi­tive Psychology Master­classes, we frequently discuss with partic­i­pants the rela­tive merits of flow (also known as engage­ment or absorp­tion) and posi­tive emotions as routes to happi­ness. Based on our indi­vidual expe­ri­ences we all have different perspec­tives. Some put their money firmly on posi­tive emotion being a supe­rior source of happi­ness. The work of Barbara Fredrickson on the Broaden-and-Build theory of posi­tive emotions has opened our eyes to the possi­bility that posi­tive emotions are more impor­tant than we have tradi­tion­ally thought. They don’t just make us feel good, they do us good too. But the more I learn about it, the more I think that the impor­tance of flow as a source of well-being is vastly under­stated.

The best moments in our lives are not the passive, recep­tive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a volun­tary effort to accom­plish some­thing diffi­cult and worth­while. Optimal expe­ri­ence is thus some­thing we make happen.” (Csik­szent­mi­halyi, 1992, p.3) · Go to Five reasons to focus on flow →