"Oh my, where did the time go?!?" Have you ever exclaimed that after looking up from doing something and realizing that several hours had slipped by? That has happened to me when working with stained glass, sewing a quilt, and at times when writing. Losing track of time is part of the experience of being in flow. We know that one of the ways people experience more fulfilling lives in retirement is to find a passion or challenge that allows you to experience flow with some regularity.
So what is flow exactly?
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (MC going forward), Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University, is known for his study of happiness and creativity and credited with naming the concept of flow.
MC posits that our ability to get in flow in our lives connects to our ability to experience happiness more fully. He would say that flow is part of what we need to continue to make life worth living. He also contends that the ability to experience flow must be cultivated and practiced. If you are looking for greater happiness and fulfillment in this stage of your life, seeking flow opportunities can be a great goal.
Ruth Tongen helps people plan and live meaningful, fun and healthier retirements.