It’s Sunday morning at about 10:30, and I just got home from reading names at graduation.
It was a wonderful ceremony, and as I sat there listening to the passionate student speakers, I was reminded once again about the benefits of being curious.
One of the things I love most about teaching college students is their enthusiasm. I’m inspired by their open-mindedness and their willingness to learn. They let their passions drive them, and they rarely shy away from asking questions and digging deep.
They embrace their curiosities and allow themselves to dream.
As we age, however, we occasionally lose some of that curiosity. We get “set in our ways,” and we abandon the inquisitive nature that fueled our younger hearts.
Today I’m here to push back against this tendency. As Ian Leslie explains in his book, Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on it:
The true beauty of leaning stuff, including apparently useless stuff, is that it takes us out of ourselves, reminds us that we are part of a far greater project, one that has been under way for at least as long as human beings have been talking to each other.
So today, we’re going to explore the benefits of being curious, and why we should keep our sense of curiosity strong. At the end of the post, I also offer a free E-Book that dives deep into the question: “How can I boost my curiosity?” Be sure to check it out!
5 Benefits of Being Curious
“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein
Curiosity Boosts Happiness
Studies continue to show that those who regularly express curiosity tend to be positively motivated and generally happier. Furthermore, as psychologist Todd Kashadan explains, “[w]hen we experience curiosity, we are willing to leave the familiar and routine and take risks, even if it makes us feel anxious and uncomfortable.”
In other words, a sense of curiosity fuels motivation, excitement, and wonder. In turn, it boosts our happiness as we reach past the familiar and continue to grow.
Curiosity Helps us Grow
By maintaining a “curiosity mindset,” we push ourselves to both ask questions and listen to others. Hearing these new perspectives helps us better understand the world around us. It connects and strengthens our relationships, and it helps us grow as individuals.
Curiosity Increases Knowledge
It probably goes without saying that a healthy sense of curiosity also increases one’s knowledge. When we’re fueled by questions, excitement, and genuine interest, we’re motivated to actually learn these new subjects. We find ways to connect with seemingly unrelated information, which helps makes learning easier and more enjoyable.
Curiosity Keeps Your Brain Healthy
According to David Knopman, a professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic, “If one can remain intellectually active and stimulated throughout one’s lifespan, that’s protective against late-life dementia. Staying mentally active is definitely good for your brain.”
In other words, curiosity is like exercise for your mind. It keeps your brain agile, fresh, and in tip-top shape.
Curiosity Helps You Take A Fresh Perspective
Having a curious mind inspires us to look at challenges as opportunities rather than setbacks. We have an easier time seeing potential strengths in each situation, which helps us both learn and grow. What’s more, a curious mind encourages us to look at circumstances through many different lenses, which grants us a deeper understanding of the situation at hand.
Have I piqued your curiosity? Are you ready to learn more? Then download my free E-book that not only walks you through the benefits of being curious but also teaches you strategies to boost your curiosity quota every day. Grab your copy here!
Would you describe yourself as a curious person? How do you fuel your curiosity? In your opinion, what are the benefits of being curious? Let me know below!