Curiosity is a very important aspect of our development as human beings. Curiosity develops from childhood. When we are kids we ask many questions to better understand the world that he interacts with. We grow up in an unknown world and want to know answers. Even with the help of our parents, as children, we still act out of curiosity, learning from our own experience. The bad thing is that as we grow up we lose our level of curiosity and we get lost in our daily routines.
When things become familiar and predictable to us, we are no longer present in those aspects of our lives. As we are already accustomed to them, they will no longer be interesting to us. Once we understand one thing, we don’t pay as much attention to it – that’s how our mind works. But the novelty is different. We pay attention to unfamiliar things. We listen more to new things because they catch our attention and our desire to know. What we forget is that novelty always exists in the present moment. There is so much to learn from the unfamiliar and familiar! No two hugs are the same, no two pizzas are the same.
Curiosity usually appears from our desire to raise our own level of knowledge and skills. This will determine us to want to learn new things that will help us to progress. For this to happen we must be open and without prejudices. We must ask questions to others but also to ourselves.
You acknowledge curiosity as being an important element in a child’s life. But do you know how powerful and important is curiosity in our lives as adults?
What would happen to us if we would not be curious?
Curiosity is a normal and important behavior in our lives. Although it is a paradox that violates the principle of survival because it means taking risks, it is also the main thing that keeps us growing as a species.
Without curiosity, we would not read the news, for example. We would not care what happens in the next episode of our favorite series! It wouldn’t matter if someone forgot what he meant after he told us he had something interesting to say! We would not try new things at all, not even taste a new dish! We would not act with interest in the opinions and views of others. Without curiosity, we would stagnate in a stable pattern for eons if we could survive them.
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Why is curiosity so important to have in our daily life?
Curiosity motivates us and brings to the surface our interests and preferences. When we are curious, we are more willing to put aside the familiar and the routine and take more risks. These risks we would take even if they activate our insecurity and make us uncomfortable.
Curiosity is like a direction towards what we value. Acting with curiosity means we can connect with the pleasure of uncertainty, discoveries, and the long-forgotten game of childhood. Once we become adults, our curiosity does not come so naturally, but these obstacles can be recognized, faced, and, finally, combated. We can cultivate our curiosity to live our lives closer to our ideal.
To be curious means to recognize the novelty and to feel the pleasure and meaning that come with it. Curiosity does not just mean being careful (because we are also careful when we are critical, right?), but it is more about the quality of our attention.
As we can see curiosity is so important because it brings openness, balance, and continuous development.
How to use the important power of curiosity to your advantage?
Curiosity will keep you connected to your environment … there is an anonymous saying that says, “The day you stop learning is the day you die.” A life without learning new materials would be like watching the same movie over and over again. Curiosity is such an important aspect to have and to use and can help you in many ways, such as:
- In making decisions. The more knowledge we gain from our curious endeavors; the more information resources we will need to use when we need to think critically about an issue or make an important decision.
- In confrontations or discussions. It is common for people to avoid discussions about topics they may disagree with, such as religion or politics. Those who can indeed do it feel empowered by the ability to make the other person feel heard. In addition, it creates greater empathy for the other person and their point of view, which results in a significant decrease in hostility between the parties. Curiosity will give you an advantage in talking to others.
As a final thought for learning and better understanding the importance of curiosity I propose an experiment
Try on yourself the following:
What would it be like to live a day of your life, being curious? How does it feel to be curious in your life?
When we go on vacation we usually enter the curiosity state of mind as a natural response to the unknown. We do not know how will it be. How will it be like going to the beach or to the mountainside? Whom we will meet. How the road and experience will be like.
Act like it’s a vacation day and be curious about everything. Give yourself a chance to connect more to your curiosity and your exploratory spirit. If you find it difficult to assess your curiosity, simply recite the natural mantra of curiosity “hmmm”.
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