More and more of us yearn to do work that is meaningful and fulfilling. Rare is the job candidate who only wants to know about salary and compensation. Most people are concerned with finding work that satisfies needs beyond paying the light bill.

When I consider how to help people “work happy,” I am drawn to the teachings of Mihaly Csickszentmihalyi.  He has authored hundreds of articles as well as the seminal book, “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience.” He is an expert on achieving happiness in our work and in our lives.

According to Csickszentmihalyi, we are in the flow when: