Yesterday I was having a conversation with a friend and fellow coach and the idea of curiosity came up. And I woke up this morning curious about what it means to invite curiosity into our lives.
To me this is the idea of entering into an experience or an interaction with another person, with an attitude of openness. It's about letting go of preconceived ideas, expectations and judgement and staying open to learning about ourselves and others. It's about attempting to view things from a fresh, non biased perspective.
So I decided to do a bit of research on the subject. Here is what I discovered.
Some reasons why curiosity is considered important.
- It cultivates a proactive mind.
- It strengthens our higher thinking skills.
- It opens us up to new ideas and possibilities.
- It cultivates enthusiasm by creating a childlike view of our world.
- It makes us stronger learners.
Here are a few studies that have shown how curiosity affects our lives in positive ways.
- Curiosity releases dopamine, a chemical associated with motivation.
- Curiosity is key to personal growth, including intimate relationships.
- Curiosity is linked to a greater presence of meaning and life satisfaction.
So how can we bring more of this important element into our lives?
- Focus on understanding rather then being right or having THE answer.
- Try seeing things as you did as a child....from a "First Time" perspective.
- Ask TONS of questions.
- Do something you always do, in a different way.
- Try an activity you have never done before.
- Ask others to share their opinions and perspectives on things and, REALLY listen.
What are you going to be curious about today?