If Newton hadn’t wondered about what makes an apple fall to the ground, he wouldn’t have discovered gravity. As children, we are naturally full of endless curiosity, just like Newton. But as we grow up, that ‘nosiness’ tends to fade as we confront the lists of things we need to accomplish each day.
As Albert Einstein said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day.”
Reasons to Cultivate Your Curiosity
Develop positive traits. If you can’t help but be curious about the wonders of the universe, this is a sign of intelligence, optimism, open-mindedness, humility, and innovativeness. Not only will this be satisfying for you, but it’ll also generate respect in those around you.
Maintain your mental health. What’s more, curious people are mentally agile and less likely to suffer from age-related illnesses such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Why? Because the acts of wondering and pondering create new neural pathways in the brain. This mental stimulation is essential to keep your mind active. You have heard the saying: Use it, or lose it! It is so true with our cognitive abilities.
Be more creative. Curiosity is what drives writers and artists. They use their eyes, ears and feelings to explore their worlds and create worlds for others to enjoy. Young children are motivated by curiosity. It’s their way to learn about the world they inhabit. They are full of questions.
Feel happier. When we look for the unusual, differences, and stuff others don’t see, we can bring excitement into our lives. As discovered by Martin Seligman and Todd Kashdan at George Mason University, curious people are happy people. They are never bored or boring. They’re always alert and will take the time to look up at the stars and watch a sunset.
- According to Kashdan, curious people are less likely to derive pleasure from hedonistic activities such as drinking and gambling. Mysteries and marvels are their ‘cup of tea.’ They are highly self-motivated and willing to try new things. And the more they discover, the more excited and energetic and the more they want to learn.
Ways to Stimulate Your Interest
Try these ideas to help re-ignite your natural curiosity so you can enjoy the benefits above and more:
- Try something new. A sport, a craft, even a new genre of literature will fit the bill.
- Get a friend to join you in a challenging activity you’re trying for the first time
- Always remember to ask why, what, where, and how?
- Ask silly questions.
- Cultivate confidence.
- Remember that every experience helps you expand your horizons.
- Be passionate about something. It’s never too late to find an activity that inspires you.
- Spend some time with children. Their natural curiosity will rub off on you.
Mysteries will stimulate your curiosity:
What lovesick dolphins might say to each other. In The Mind of the Dolphin, the pioneer American investigator of dolphin intelligence, John Lily, claims that dolphins’ acute sense of sound may allow them to see each other’s internal organs. A bundle of some 125,000 nerve fibres link each of the dolphin’s ears to its brain. We only have about 50,000.
- Lily suggests that a lovesick dolphin might tell his beloved: “Darling, you do have the cutest way of twitching your sinuses when you say you love me. I love the shape of your vestibular sacs.”
You are not alone.
Astronomer Frank D. Drake of Cornell University, New York, suggests the existence of over a thousand inhabited planets in our galaxy alone. Each of these planets, of course, may have a different chemical and molecular composition, some of which may vary widely from Earth.
- Life on Earth is carbon-based. Could life on these planets be based on other elements? Although the consensus among astronomers is that intelligent life is rare, what if it did exist elsewhere? What might its basis on other factors indicate about such life?
The Great Pyramid.
This fantastic monument has intrigued humanity throughout the centuries. This pyramid is not a tomb for a pharaoh as the sarcophagus (coffin) did not hold a ‘mummy!’ Also missing were the usual burial artifacts or hieroglyphics one would expect to find.
- According to ancient Egyptian texts, the Great Pyramid was the initiation chamber for the Mysteries. The initiate would lie in the sarcophagus (coffin) for many hours and be born again.
- The design of the pyramid demands respect and acknowledgement of power for the leaders. This structure can charge water, preserve food, enhance sleep, and more.
Are you curious now?
And these are just some places to start! Look around you, both in and outside of your home. If you closely examine anything, it’s sure to spark your curiosity. You will become more innovative in the process and happier, too!
What we become curious about is closely linked to our values. The higher priority we place on something, the more likely we are to investigate, examine and try to learn more about it. Most of us do not realise that what we value the most is driving every one of our decisions. If you are looking to become more involved in your life, more inspired by your world, the first place to look is: why, what, and who I respect, value and want to be? Book a complimentary session if you want some help.