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5 Benefits of Curiosity

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In a 1996 study published in Psychology and Aging, more than 1,000 older adults aged 60 to 86 were carefully observed over a five-year period, and researchers found that those who were rated as being more curious at the beginning of the study were more likely to be alive at its conclusion, even after taking into account age, whether they smoked, the presence of cancer or cardiovascular disease, and so on.

It is possible that declining curiosity is an initial sign of neurological illness and declining health. Nonetheless, there are promising signs that enhancing curiosity reduces the risk for these diseases and may even reverse some of the natural degeneration that occurs in older adults.

In his book, The Power of Premonitions (Dutton, 2009), Larry Dossey, MD, cites studies that have shown women “who regularly engage in mini-mysteries … taking on novel experiences that get them out of familiar routines (better) preserve their mental faculties later in life.” In short, a regular dose of the unexpected helps keep your brain healthy.

A 2005 report in the journal Health Psychology described a two-year study involving more than 1,000 patients that found higher levels of curiosity were also associated with a decreased likelihood of developing hypertension and diabetes. While correlation does not imply causation, these relationships suggest that curiosity may have a variety of positive connections with health that deserve further study.

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8:46AM PST on Nov 7, 2011

thanx

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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