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Dec 18, 2017 Exploration Programs EXPLO Today Exploring Education Grades 8-10 EXPLO Grades 4-7 EXPLO Pre-College + Career

Traveling Towards Happiness with Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

EXPLO at Yale is a precollege program designed to meet the needs of high school students. With a low staff:student ratio, EXPLO is the leader in student life


World’s leading researcher on positive psychology and pioneer of flow Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi , Ph.D., joins ranks of EXPLO Advisors.

In any given field of study, there are notable people — those whose names ring a bell, who win awards, who are highly esteemed — and then there are the giants. The giants being those who change the game — whose work creates entirely new tracks and ways of thinking. Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a giant and we are thrilled that he has joined EXPLO as an advisor.

Dr. Csikszentmihalyi conducted the pioneering research on flow  (or being in the zone), which led to his seminal work, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. He is now Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. Marty Seligman, the former president of the American Psychological Association (and widely considered to be the founder of positive psychology), has said that Csikszentmihalyi is the world’s leading researcher on positive psychology.  

What is flow?

Csikszentmihalyi describes flow as the “optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best.” In this state you are completely engaged in the activity. Time flies. “Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”  

We’ve been leaning on Csikszentmihalyi's work for years. It’s a state we’d like every student to experience and we consciously think about the elements that lead to flow when we design curriculum and learning experiences at EXPLO.

We’re simply delighted that one of our heroes is now someone we collaborate with directly.  

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