The Art of Being Curious: 3 Ways to Cultivate and Expand Your Sense of Wonder

Curiosity is at the heart of learning and imagination. It educates us and encourages us to think about different perspectives. 

Being curious, trying new things and experimenting can also give us a sense of meaning and purpose. 

When practiced and nurtured in the right way, curiosity makes us better learners and thinkers.  

So, how can we develop our curiosity?… 

1. Keep an open mind

This means being open to the fact that people are going to have opinions and beliefs that differ from yours completely. Equally, things that you think you know and believe might be wrong, so it’s important to be prepared to accept this possibility and change your mind. 

2. Keep asking “why?”

Taking things at face value all the time won’t challenge you or help you to grow. By always accepting the world at face value, without trying to dig deeper, you risk losing your curiosity. Use your curiosity to try to dig beneath the surface of what’s around you and embrace the uncertainty that comes with trying to learn something new 

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing 

Albert Einstein. 

3. Keep trying new things

Experiencing the excitement of ‘otherness’ is an energising experience and may spark your interest to explore further. As easy way to do this is through what how you use your downtime. By reading and listening to diverse genres and topics, or trying a new hobby or sport, you will broaden your understanding of what is possible. 

Sure, there’s safety and security in staying in our comfort zones, and sometimes we need that. But exploring curiosity and the experiences it paves the way towards a more significant and fulfilling life, both at home and at work. 

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