What is the secret to happiness?
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has found the answer the answer:
Hold on a second…There’s some science I have to tell you, so you can piece it all together.
“Our nervous system is incapable of processing more than 110 bits of information per second. In order to hear me, and understand what I’m saying. You need to process 60 bits per second. (That’s why you can’t understand more than 2 people talking to you.) When you are really involved in something you cannot feel that you are hungry, tired or remember your problems at home. Your identity disappears from its consciousness.”
This is called a “Flow” experience. Here are some examples:
- Playing Music
- Listening to Podcasts
- Life Drawing (got to make sure I don’t make eye contact)
- Looking at Dave Grohl (I get lost in his eyes)
- Writing a Blog
- Making sure I don’t die at PE
- Having that conversation about nothing and losing time
Bin off your phone. It takes 20 mins to settle back into the activity/Flow moment you were in, once you have put your phone down. Was it life changing what you have just looked at? Did Geoff just text you? No! Should you care? No, he’s a massive bellend!
Even if you aren’t an artist/muscian/gym goer/podcast listener, having these moments where you are lost in deep conversation are priceless. Your nervous system is lost in a sea of words, where it doesn’t feel hunger or sadness from your own life.
“When we worked so hard to pull all those weeds out, what were we talking about?”; Neva Dinova