A Twitter link caught my eye today…‘how curious people can be happier’, this was linked to an article about the benefits of curiosity. Curiosity might have ‘killed the cat’, but I find people who are curious to be far more interesting, enthusiastic and responsive people. To quote the article, The Power of Curiosity:

Discover how cultivating an inquiring mind can help you lead a happier, healthier 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. …

There are five important ways that curiosity enhances our well-being and the quality of our lives:

  1. Health
  2. Intelligence
  3. Social Relationships
  4. Happiness
  5. Meaning

The author goes into detail on how you can tune in and awaken your curiosity, things you can do on a daily basis.

One of the best ways to better appreciate the power of curiosity is to start exercising it more consciously in your daily experiences. By doing so, you can transform routine tasks, enlivening them with new energy. You will also likely begin to notice more situations that have the potential to engage you, giving your curiosity even more opportunities to flourish. …

You can read the article, ‘The Power of Curiosity‘, it’s a long article but very interesting.