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Flow

Flow is hard to describe, but you know it when you experience it.  It's those occasions when you are so engrossed in what you are doing that time flies - hours seem like minutes or even seconds. 

Your attention is so focussed that you are oblivious to everything else around you and even to your own bodily sensations.  You have tunnel vision.  Despite the hours of concentration, you feel alive, energized, connected.  Whatever it is that allows you to feel this way, find ways to do it more often.

We are most likely to "be in the flow" when we are using our top strengths and signature virtues - the things that make us unique - to meet the challenge before us.  Your greatest strengths may be your humour, creativity or critical thinking; your strongest virtues may be your sense of fairness, wisdom or compassion.

We are most likely to value a job, relationship, or volunteer activity which allows us to use our strengths regularly.  And, one of the best ways of boosting happiness is to find new ways and new situations to use our signature strengths. 


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When asked, many of us can't identify our top strengths.  But fortunately researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's Positive Psychology Centre have developed questionnaires to help you identify your top strengths and virtues.

The VIA Survey of Character Strengths probes and prompts you to look at what you do, how you think, and what you value from many different perspectives.  Although it takes some time to complete (there are 240 items), it’s worth your time.  What could be more important than learning or confirming your top strengths?  If you are interested in taking the survey visit www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/Default.aspx. (Go to the "Questionnaires" section and go to the drop down menu. Click on VIA Survey of Character Strengths). Please note you will need to create a username and password to access the survey.

Living in the flow is also important for children and young people.  To learn more, go to Sparks  and Flaming the spark within.  And be sure to watch the Yukon Passions Videos and hear 28 young people talk about their passions.

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