Curiosity as a practice is about exploration. It is about deeply listening to our inner guidance, moving with the mystery of life and allowing ourselves to be surprised by what we discover on our journey. It supports us in our growth and keeps life fresh, exciting and enchanting. Curiosity expands our world and keeps us moving toward our wholeness.
“Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
- A few studies have shown that having a curious mind can prevent mental decline and decrease disease risk.
- Curiosity makes you smarter. The research shows that adults who show more curiosity are better problem solvers, more analytical and smarter.
- Curiosity builds strong relationships. It makes us more engaging and connects us with others. Curious people may also enjoy healthier, more satisfying relationships.
- Research shows that curiosity is one of the top five strengths most highly associated with overall life fulfillment and happiness.
Curiosity is essential for anyone who wants a life of growth, learning and development. It’s a foundational practice in that it supports movement in all other practice efforts. It is good for our health, our mind and it can strengthen our social connections. Curiosity is the gateway to greater knowledge which supports every other line of human development and assists us in reaching our fullest potential.
How To Start Practicing
The following is adapted from Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life by Todd Kashdan, PhD.
Practice Beginner’s Mind – Spend a day actively looking at your life through the eyes of someone who has never seen it before.
Explore Your Passions – Be curious about yourself. What are your values and motivations? What makes you tick? Are there activities that make you feel fully engaged in life that you haven’t revisited since you were younger?
Make New Friends – Meeting new people can help us discover previously unrecognized aspects of ourselves and our loved ones.
Become a Better Listener – An active listener uses curiosity to stay open and present while withholding judgement and the need to make sense of what is being said by another. In your next conversation, practice what it feels like to remain curious. What do you notice?
Try something iffy – Step outside of your comfort zone. Put yourself in new and interesting settings.