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Flow: Getting in the Zone


It’s during a rare feeling of supreme focus, performance and bliss that we outperform ourselves and even lose track of time. Neurologically speaking, what is “getting in the zone,” AKA flow?

Our brain’s prefrontal cortex houses background processes, including our personality and time perception. If we focus hard enough on an activity, our brain temporarily shuts off the PFC to free up brainpower. Then, the brain releases a five-chemical cocktail of noradrenaline, dopamine, serotonin, endorphins and anandamide to supercharge our performance and create the most powerful natural high known to man.

Regular meditation and distraction-free activities catalyze flow.

Chris Butsch, The Millennial’s Guide to Making Happiness

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