is the most satisfying human experience. Flow is what artists and craftspeople achieve. It’s the act of deep work - working on something that is just challenging enough to be engaging but achievable.
Often we mistakenly think that happiness comes from external achievement like “saving the world” or getting some kind of recognition. But it turns out that when people talk about loving their job it tends to be because they are regularly finding flow rather than high-level things like “having an impact” or “changing the world”. You might think that’s what makes you happy when you talk at parties, but actually the people who love their jobs genuinely find flow.