Flow: The Psychology Of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
As an investor and as a father, I like the idea that happiness is a skill – the theme of this book. The author explains the enjoyment we feel from “flow experiences”, those activities that require all of our skill and focus. It is a reminder that the effort put into something often brings its own reward; we enjoy learning and taking on new challenges when we can see ourselves progress and become more capable. As an investor, with the scoreboard plain to see, there are always lessons to be learnt. And as a father, I want to encourage my son to develop his own interests and take a playful approach to the challenges that lie ahead.
The first few chapters are thought-provoking – such a simple change in mindset can enrich and bring meaning to our lives – and I would recommend the read. The rest of the book, however, is an exhaustive list of examples that I found rather tedious, although there might be parts that others can better relate to.