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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is one of the world’s leading researchers on positive psychology. He was born in 1934 in what is now Rijeka, Croatia. Csikszentmihalyi immigrated to the U.S. at the age of twenty-two to study psychology which led to the development of his theory on “flow.” He founded the Quality of Life Research Center at Claremont Graduate University, where he continues to work.
The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. Optimal experience is thus something that we make happen.