Flow is a term coined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a psychologist describing a mental stage in which a person is so engrossed with the task at hand that he or she loses track of time.
People in flow moments report that they feel so happy. It is a kind of happiness that is so internal or even spiritual. Anyone who can experience flows as part of their jobs are so lucky, because they can be happy at work and they don’t have to seek happiness outside. Their jobs entertain them.
For me, I often experience flow moments doing two types of work. The first is writing. I love to be in a coffee shop, writing a blog or a book. I can do that for several hours a day.
Secondly, I have been experiencing flow moments while I am working in my woodworking shop. I enjoy designing furniture and make them by myself. While working, I have to think about the problems at hand and try my best to solve them. Sometime I listen to the music while working. I feel like I am cutting off from the external world. It’s so peaceful and relaxing.
These days I rely heavily on flow moments to help me cope with the chaotic world. Without them, my life would be much more miserable than this.
I think the flow concept works well with the philosophy of Epicurus. You don’t need a lot of money to get flows. In fact, many flows even let you earn money. It is quite a sustainable approach to happiness.