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5 Benefits of Curiosity

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5 Benefits of Curiosity

By Todd Kashdan, PhD, Experience Life

Curiosity, at its core, is all about noticing and being drawn to things we find interesting. It’s about recognizing and seizing the pleasures that novel experiences offer us, and finding novelty and meaning even in experiences that are familiar.

When we are curious, we see things differently; we use our powers of observation more fully. We sense what is happening in the present moment, taking note of what is, regardless of what it looked like before or what we might have expected it to be.

We feel alive and engaged, more capable of embracing opportunities, making connections, and experiencing moments of insight and meaning — all of which provide the foundation for a rich, aware and satisfying life experience.

Click through for five important ways that curiosity enhances our well-being and the quality of our lives.

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8:46AM PST on Nov 7, 2011


12:04PM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

Without curiosity we are dead.

5:11PM PDT on May 30, 2011

Whenever I hear "Curiosity killed the cat" I say "But satisfaction brought him back!"

2:49AM PDT on Jul 4, 2010

Great article! I've always hated that saying "Curiosity killed the cat". I think we should say "Curiosity made the cat smarter!" =)

8:33PM PDT on Jun 10, 2010

=) cute title too

10:57AM PDT on May 19, 2010

I guess I'm not that curious most of the time...

2:04PM PDT on May 10, 2010

I love to learn about new people & places, so I'm always curious. However, I could care less what other people own or what's in their house, etc. There's a difference in curiousity & nosiness. I embrace other people's curiousity when it is not done in a cruel way. How else does anybody learn?

9:36PM PDT on May 9, 2010

nice ... thanx

6:08AM PDT on May 6, 2010

I totally agree with you. Curiosity is another for of looking for information. This is a very good exercise for you brain and memory.

Here is a list of 20 ways to quickly improve your memory:

20 Ways to Quickly Improve Your Memory

7:45AM PDT on May 5, 2010

I thought curiosity killed the cat. It is good to be curious but not overdo it because it may cuase jitters on others who may feel uncomfortable with your investigative mind.

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