Curiosity Is a Key to Well-Being

Curiosity Is a Key to Well-Being

So many of us spend so much time trying to work out “the answers”.

Which makes sense; and isn’t completely inappropriate.

But one of the things I’ve learned in all my years as a therapist and coach and consultant and student is … that more often than not, happiness and fulfilment come from asking the right questions.

You see, so many aspects of life are complex, and don’t have clear answers. But if we ask the right questions we can at least find a way to move forwards with confidence and courage …

via Psychology Today by Raquel Tatar, Tammi Kral, and Caitlin Iverson

We are all born curious. As the world around us continues to change, so do the questions we have about it; our ability to flourish depends on us leaning into the wonders we have about the world within. One of the simplest ways to begin improving our well-being is to ask these fundamental questions: “What?” “How?” and “Why?”

The trait of curiosity is not just reserved for children—psychologists and neuroscientists from around the world have found that curiosity is a driving force for exploration and critical for healthy development and learning. Practicing curiosity is associated with enhanced psychological well-being, grit, subjective happiness, and meaning in life, as well as lower rates of depression and fewer negative emotions.

Curiosity and Behavior Change

Scientists are paying much closer attention to the role that curiosity plays in behavior change, especially considering its role in mindfulness-based interventions. When we experience tension or disagreement with another person, it can be helpful for conflict resolution and bias reduction to wonder how their experiences may be shaping their beliefs and behavior. Curiosity is about continually stopping to ask questions. When those questions are open-ended and directed at our own thoughts and assumptions, we can gain insight and self-knowledge.

Here are some questions you can ask:

  • What factors in their everyday life could be influencing their reaction?
  • How do my experiences differ from theirs?
  • Why are they reacting this specific way?
  • How are my experiences influencing my perception of the situation?

When we’re able to understand how perspectives other than our own come to be, we are cultivating the skill of empathy, a seed from which compassion can grow…

… keep reading the full & original article HERE