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Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
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Jul 10, 2007

really liked it
Recommended for: just about anyone
Read in July, 2007

this book makes a lot of sense. it's about happiness, consciousness, work, relationships, and purpose--and basically, the thesis is that people are happiest when they have clear goals and well-defined perimeters to work within to achieve those goals.

sounds a little dry, but I found it both interesting and relevant. as someone who is still working out what my "ideal" career or life model looks like, I enjoyed seeing my typical questions examined by a research psychologist, and applied to a larger arena than just the twenty-somethings. it's not a self-help book; there's none of that suggesting how to improve one's experience by following simple steps. it's more of an academic discussion on how consciousness works, and how people navigate experience. and while it reads like an academic text, it's still very accessible, and I think the ideas presented are likely to be relevant for a wide variety of readers.
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