I am a very curious person and the trait has served me well. It’s one reason why I have succeeded as both a counselor and a coach.
And even better – having curiosity is part of the reason I am happy…
Here’s why curious people are happy.
Curiosity brings ongoing interest in both your own inner experience and the world around you. You can’t be both curious and bored!
If you are curious, you are attracted to new experiences, people and situations. By allowing your curiosity loose, you create a rich environment for yourself.
Also, other people like curious people because they are likely to be good listeners and bring novelty into their relationships.
Overall, having curiosity leads to structuring your life in a way that is full, rich and likely happy.
Curious about whether curiosity is YOUR natural tendency?
You could try taking the VIA Survey of Character Strengths. It’s an online quiz which will rate 24 character strengths to determine the ones you tend to rely on most.
Curiosity is always 2nd or 3rd for me whenever I have taken this survey.
You will find the survey on this website in the center column under Questionnaires. And while you are on the Authentic Happiness website, be curious about some of the other interesting surveys and quizzes you can take.
You need to realize that curiosity can be nurtured and grown. The key to increasing yours is remembering that nothing is interesting to you until you focus your attention on it.
Ramp up your curiosity and lower your boredom level by finding something particular in your environment to put your attention on. The more you practice this, the more it works.
My Dad used to love to use rhymes and slogans as teaching tools for us kids.
I grew up hearing the phrase, “Curiosity killed the cat.” Since he was trying to calm unruly children, he never shared the rest of the rhyme – “Satisfaction brought it back.”
It’s the work of children to be curious about the world around them.
Those curious questions can vary all over the place from, “Who is that man driving in front of us, and where is he going?” to the seemingly ever-present, “Why?”
I can appreciate my Dad using that rhyme to limit questions as responding to those inquiries can be exhausting for a parent. But today I think that curiosity is just about the best thing we have going for us.
All vertebrates are affected by curiosity. Take a kitten or puppy (wild or domesticated) for example. Their curiosity gets them in all kinds of situations, mostly funny and entertaining.
You’ve seen the YouTuube and Facebook videos – cute behavior mostly prompted by curiosity!
Curiosity is our earliest way of learning: a baby sees something, observes it, approaches it, experiences it, and learns about it. It is that “hmmm… I wonder…” that causes the little one to be open to learning and experiencing.
You are meant to be curious – so go ahead…
Wonder and ask… get curious!
How often do you engage your own curiosity?
How many times a day do you wonder or inquire about something? Let us know what you have done to get more curious and how it has helped you by leaving your thoughts in the comments.