When you lose yourself in an interest you love, you find yourself. When you enjoy work, home, or play interests so intensely that you forget your problems, where you are, and what is going on around you, you come alive as a person. Inhibitions fall away, self-confidence, self esteem and sense of self worth soar, enthusiasm abounds and creativity is set free. We often call it a ‘state of flow’. This feeling doesn’t stop at the end of the experience. It generates a positive ripple effect through everything we do, long after the experience has ended.
The sustained health benefits of such experiences can no longer be ignored in business, public, or personal health policies and practices. People are positively focused on finding and pursuing ways of staying healthy, to be able to enjoy work, life and relish the prospect of living well into their 80’s and beyond.
Good health – like life – is strengthened by proactively accentuating and building on the positives.
o a life-expanding experience.
o an experience created individually by each person in their own unique way for their personal benefits.
o a three-phase experience – planning, doing and reflecting. Think about your last holiday.
o Deeper than fun or pleasure, the latter two being automatic responses to enjoyment
o Vital in any program to minimize the risk of becoming ill.
o Helps people not to just feel good but to feel good about themselves – a feeling that continues well beyond the experience enjoyed, affecting every part of a person’s daily life, sometimes for life
o Is a natural means of stress management – the ‘flight’ part of the ‘fight and flight’ syndrome.