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For a task to be truly satisfying, we need to be able to enjoy the work for its own sake, instead of just taking pleasure in the end results. For that to happen, we need to become fully absorbed in what we do.

Flow is an important part of any kind of success. It’s a word that’s often used in positive psychology and it describes a state of complete engagement with a task, to the point that you lose track of time and want to continue working on the task as long as possible. If you’ve ever forgotten to eat lunch because you were so absorbed in finishing an essay, or hit a sweet spot on the running track where you were aware of nothing but the ...

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