'Flow', sightseeing, satisfaction and personal development: Exploring relationships via positive psychology

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This conceptual paper begins with a short description of positive psychology and its salient, 'flow' theory. It then briefly discusses previous research of 'flow'. A lack of research of this optimal state in the tourism field and particularly in non-physical activity tourism settings is highlighted. In this context, three key topics are identified and discussed: the 'flow' state as a tool for understanding optimal sightseeing experiences; the 'flow' state as a mechanism for understanding on-site tourist satisfaction; and the 'flow' state as a function of tourists' personal development. The paper concludes with a research agenda for tourism researchers interested in the 'flow' model.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTourism : Past Achievements, Future Challenges
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

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