Continuing my summer review of books, I want to highly recommend Flow by Mihali Czikszentmihalyi. Flow is that condition of mind and body where we are lost in an activity. There are certain activities that are designed to help us to achieve flow such as many games, sports or activities such as reading. But we can learn to make most activities flow experiences. The author found in his studies that the times we are in flow are the most enjoyable times in our lives. He also found that times that we usually equate with happiness like vacations or free time are not necessarily our happiest of times. But, using the methods in this book, we can increase the pleasure we get from our free time. The methods are backed up by science. I have used this book over many years to choose activities in my life that help me achieve flow, and to make the things that I have to do flow activities.
Monte Jackson, owner Acupuncture Center of Richmond