The Secret to Happiness Lies in Having Passion for What You Do

· March 3, 2017

Your quality of life doesn’t depend only on happiness. It also depends on what you do in order to be happy. If you don’t develop goals to give meaning to your own existence, if you don’t use your mind to its full capacity, then the good feelings will only fill a small fraction of the potential we possess.

After dedicating decades to studying the states in which people reached their maximum potential, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s studies indicate that people are happier when the reach a state of high concentration. A state which this author called “flow”.

This state can be reached when we experience positive emotions such as happiness, strength or a positive attitude. All states known as “psychic negentropy”. By not wasting attention on ruminating and feeling sorry for ourselves, the psychic energy can flow freely towards any thought or task in which we decide to invest it.

On the contrary, negative emotions, such as sadness, fear, anxiety or boredom produce “psychic entropy”. That is to say, a state in which we can’t efficiently use our attention to face external tasks, because we need it to restore an inner subjective order.