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date: 04 August 2020

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This chapter describes flow, the experience of complete absorption in the present moment, and the experiential approach to positive psychology that it represents. Flow theory and research have suggested one answer to the question of what constitutes a good life. The model of optimal experience and development that is associated with the concept of flow is summarized, and the chapter describes several ways of measuring flow, giving particular attention to the experience sampling method. Some recent research concerning the outcomes and dynamics of flow, its conditions at school and work, and interventions that have been employed to foster flow are reviewed. Finally, some of the promising directions for flow research moving into the future are identified.

Keywords: flow, human development, motivation, optimal functioning, subjective experience

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