Flow when our perceived skills and the perceived challenge somehow correspond. We may experience Flow while e.g. making music, doing sports, playing games, meditating, reading or even participating in a MOOC on Existential Well-being. Another leading author in positive psychology is Snyderxwho has placed "hope" on the map as an area of research. In 2002 he and several others published the first “Handbook of Positive Psychology”, the 2ndedition of which grew enormously in 2011 to reflect the growing interest in talents. Snyder and his colleagues define strength as “a capacity for feeling, thinking, and behaving in a way that allows optimal functioning in the pursuit of valued outcomes”. Talents are “naturally recurring patterns of thought, feeling, or behavior that can be productively applied and manifested in life experiences characterized by yearnings, rapid learning, satisfaction, and timelessness.”xi. Talents are the result of a healthy, stimulating development that allows space to discover and hone innate qualities. At best, character strengths follow on from talents, combined with knowledge and skills. It is therefore easy to see how one person may be forced to put a great deal of effort into learning a certain quality, whereas another person almost playfully blossoms in that same quality, because it is part and parcel of the talent that he or she was "gifted". There can be little wonder that well-being goes hand in hand with discovering your real talents and cultivating them. If, for example, you have an innate sense of justice, there is every chance that you will blossom to the full in a profession that calls for a sense of community and sincerity. It is best to discover those qualities that will require more from you in the way of practice and persistence before you are forced to make room for them in your life. If you are not particularly talented in the area of temperance, for example, illness may force you to apply a great deal of character strength if you have to follow a diet. This implies that well-being is not the same for everyone and we should always
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remember that individuals differ greatly and have very different needs. But there is no well-being without hope, the driving force behind the belief that you can reach your goals. More evocative than research findings we have the words of Vaclav Havel (1936-2011): “Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Either we have hope or we don't. It is a dimension of the soul, and it's not essentially dependent on some particular observation of the world or estimate of the situation. Hope is not prediction or estimation. It is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart. It transcends the world that is immediately experienced, and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons ... Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success. Hope is rather an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed. The more propitious the situation in which we demonstrate hope, the deeper the hope is. Hope is
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