An inquiring mind can help you lead a happier, more joyful life.
Are you curious to find out why? Good for you! You’ve already begun . . .
You know those old folks (not us, of course) who act like children and ask a million questions about everything, want to meet and know everyone, and find everything little thing fascinating? There’s a reason WHY they’re all 150 years old.
Curiosity. Yep, it may kill the cat, but it’ll keep you going like the Energizer Bunny. (that’s the last mixed metaphor I’ll use. Maybe . . . Are you curious if I just told the truth?)
Ramp Up Your Happiness
One of the big hitters in the Happiness game is cultivating a sense of curiosity about the world around us. That’s because curiosity creates an openness to unfamiliar experiences, new joys and new delights. You want to know more about what you’re experiencing, creating a landscape of excitement and engagement in your brain.
The Trait the Keeps on Giving
That sense of excitement about something new creates all kinds of positive results:
Health – Studies show that those who are curious about their world have better brain function and may live longer.
Relationships – Nothing boosts your appeal like being interested in them. Curious people ask questions and take an interest in learning about partners, and they intentionally try to keep interactions interesting and playful. One of the top reasons couples seek counseling is boredom with each other. Keep the fire burning with a healthy dose of curiosity about them, and the world.
Your Personality – A study with close friends, family members and acquaintances, characterized curious people as highly enthusiastic and energetic, talkative, interesting in what they say and do, displaying a wide range of interests, confident, humorous, less likely to express insecurities, and lacking in timidity and anxiety compared with less curious people.
Happiness – A Gallup poll identified two factors that had the strongest influence on how much enjoyment a person experienced in a given day: “being able to count on someone for help” and “learned something yesterday.”
Curiosity is one of the Actions & Attitudes listed on every calendar page of the 2017 Choices Notebook 12-Month Planner. You’ll find them at the top and bottom of the page. Don’t have your Choices Notebook yet? CLICK HERE to order yours now.
Let’s Do This
One of the best ways to better appreciate the power of curiosity is to start exercising it more consciously in your daily experiences. You’ll transform routine tasks, enlivening them with new energy. You will also likely begin to notice more situations that have the potential to engage you, giving your curiosity even more opportunities to flourish and grow.
- Find something new in every experience.
- Ask more questions about those around you.
- Notice the unique in the mundane
- Learn something NEW every day.
- Become childlike in your interest in the world around you.
Download the Worksheet and start using it to boost your curiosity. Decide how many stars you give yourself at the start, and take a look again at the end of the month. How have you improved your sense of Curiosity?
Let’s become Curiosity Rockstars!
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