HAPPINESS

Entering the Flow States Regularly Makes You a Happiness Hacker

The true bliss is in stretching your mind to define new limits.

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The power of compounding means your actions have more consequences in the long term than you can fathom.

Practising daily flow state is a way to experience the power of compounding in multiplying your happiness.

For example, I wrote one blog almost daily for a year. Now I’ve ramped up the frequency to two.

Since the second wave started in India, I’m using the same strategy to build my audience on Twitter, Facebook and will expand to other social media which have embraced the Creators Economy.

#1. Flow state means creativity on drugs.

Bend reality by bringing the change you want to see in the world. It all starts with you.

We all want to see some positive change around us that would make our life significantly better. You know who can bring that change? You. It all starts with you.

Creativity is the power to connect any number of dots while making sense out of it.

Consider this article itself as a real-time example.

I was disentangling mental threads to make a logical trail. But as I flashed memories that make my story worth hearing, my mind became adept at connecting dots by looking back into my past.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.”
— Steve Jobs

#2. Outperforming yourself is a God-like feeling.

We don’t chase happiness, we attract it by being present-minded.

As we enter adulthood and see the world for what it is, we understand — sooner or later — that happiness comes from within. We don’t chase happiness. We attract it.

Flow states help you do the same: become a happiness hacker.

Every morning, I park my butt in the chair at 7 am and pump two blogs. It’s daunting, but I enter a mental euphoria whenever I finish two blogs. Also, it’s getting easier with practice.

After achieving my 2-blog goal in an hour, I even enter into a noisy spiritual state where I groove to EDM with my sound-proof door shut because my homies are still asleep.

You can also achieve the same felicity by challenging yourself to become a little bit better in a long-term goal that you want to ace.

Final words

Our brain prioritises dopamine release because it’s a pleasure hormone.

But if you want to get the pleasure in a way that doesn’t leave you high and dry like instant gratification, be patient in finishing your challenge first.

The pleasure you get after completing a reasonably tricky task is what makes the fun 100x and healthy.

Today I’ve gone through the dopamine surge again. But it was neither for the hunger of hollow quick gains out of instant gratification nor harmful activities.

I set a plan, raced with time, and when I finished this blog, I played my favourite song on max volume — loud enough that my homies don’t wake up and kill me.

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Sanjeev is a writer, mentor and recovering shopaholic from India. He writes about lifelong learning, personal growth, and positive psychology. When he’s not busy with his muse, he’s sweating either in a workout or emulating outdoor games in his home because of the pandemic. He also chronicles his writing and fitness journey on Instagram. He shares daily inspiration with #ThoughtForTheDay on Twitter.

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Sanjeev Yadav

Writer • Mentor • Recovering Shopaholic • IITR 2019 • ✍🏼 Personal Growth, Positive Psychology & Lifelong Learning• IG: sanjeevai • List: sanjeevai.ck.page