"Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life." Linus Pauling
Some of the most appealing and intelligent people I've spent time with are those who possess a curious nature. Explorers who put their ego aside and are open to asking questions and learning new things no matter what their age. Conversely, I have spent time with brittle people who cage their minds within an ego that already thinks it knows it all. Not so appealing.
Curiosity keeps our minds young, active and supple. It makes learning an adventure rather than a challenge. It keeps our attitude light and playful. Instead of worrying about what they don't know, curious people put their focus on what they would love to know and then seek it out.
Curiosity and Anxiety
Curiosity can also be a powerful tool in managing anxiety. When we are curious, we are diverted by the desire to explore. As we have discussed in several podcasts, diversion is a useful tactic in pulling the mind away from negative thoughts and into something that keeps it busy in a relaxed and upbeat way.
What can you get curious about today?
Maybe something creative like painting, knitting, scrapbooking. Listening to new music with your full attention. Exploring a new book. Trying a new style of cooking. Walking somewhere new and soaking in the scenery.
Whatever you choose, allow your mind to be engaged and open, playful and light and enjoy the space that you create to explore and relax.
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