I’ve really come to appreciate the value being curious, where curiosity is defined as a state of mind where one is interested in the how, why, what, when, or where of an event or statement.
Curiosity allows us to challenge ourselves, challenge what we’re being told, see if things make sense (vs. blind acceptance), and make breakthrough’s that we would never even consider before. By giving ourselves the permission to dig a little deeper and feed our minds, it helps us discover new passions in ourselves and new delights in others.
Curiosity in Personal Life
In your personal life, over the long term, staying curious is one of the key components to keeping your mind young, vibrant, sharp, and in shape. And if your mind is in shape, it’s much easier to improve your quality of life over the long term.
Try it out for a couple weeks. Do things purposely to build your CQ (curiosity quotient).
Order a different beverage at Starbucks
Go to the local coffee house instead of Starbucks
Go a new route to work
Work on displaying an emotion that has become dormant
Surprise your significant other and shake things up
Ask why not
Ask a co-worker to respectfully challenge you on something
Become aware of your beliefs, then ask if they are still valid
The great Bob Dylan put it this way
“He who isn’t busy being born each day is busy dying”