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The Psychology Of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Without enjoyment life can be endured, and it can even be pleasant. But it can be so only precariously, depending on luck and the cooperation of the external environment. To gain personal control over the quality of experience, however, one needs to learn how to build enjoyment into what happens day in and day out.

The processes that come together in scrapbooking have taught me how to build enjoyment into my everyday — like I said in my interview with Ali, we ought to start listing our books in the self-help section of the bookstore.

It’s NOT about the pictures, the pages or even the completed projects — it’s about leading a vibrant, productive, HAPPY lifestyle.


  1. Another cool quote.
    Happiness does not come from our circumstances but from our selves.
    It is not something we have, it is something we are.

  2. love that final quote! i love my happy life!!

  3. your quote reinforces my belief that we all share connections… love how it reflects in the most positive way my worries on the ride flying by so quickly (thx for your comments!)…so I’m off to be happy and soak up all the vibrant moments I can!

  4. Amen, Stacy! Amen!

  5. I was thinking about the same thing today. It’s so easy to get bogged down on the little things. Enjoy the moment. Enjoy life. Thanks for putting the quote up.

  6. Thanks…..I needed this today!!

  7. Love this quote! I have some of his books on hold at the library now. And I agree about the self-help thing. Scrapbooking has definitely made me happier…especially since I’ve been really making an effort to scrap the things that make me happy.
    Oh and did I mention that my bedroom is now pink, my happiest color? Color me Happy, lol! :)

  8. I have been a big fan of Csikszentmihalyi for a few years now, and for some bizarre reason, within the last three months, you’re the 5th random person to bring his work up – must be a sign!

  9. …listing books your in self-help section YOU’VE GOT THAT RIGHT!

  10. Kathy Graybeal says:

    And, there it goes again…musings and tidbits from scapbookers showing up just as we need them. I hadn’t seen this post before today…and today I so needed it. I am sitting in an acre of a lobby in the Boston Sheraton – one of 6,500 public library staff attending our biannual conference – and I was missing my husband, my kids, my home then I read your post. Thanks to all, especially to Lisa for using her public library!! You rock!!!

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