Benefits of being curious
Remember the old saying “Curiosity killed the cat?” Maybe that’s not as true as you once thought. Once you become an adult, some people refuse to demonstrate curiosity for some reason. Maybe it’s all about their laziness. Regardless of the reason for this phenomenon, people do harm to themselves by refusing to be curious. In reality, the advantages of a curious mind are many, and we want to tell you how it can help you in your life.
Curiosity makes you a good conversationalist
One of the most effective ways to make your social life abundant is to be interested in other people and the surrounding world. If you show curiosity about what your conversation partner says and you are capable of capturing him/her by discussing a lot of things that you find pleasure in, then, most likely, people will enjoy time spent with you. “Curious people turn out to be both good conversationalists and grateful listeners,” these are the words of Ben Dean, the professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He discovered that when people just start making friends with each other, they tend to talk a lot about their interests and hobbies. The reason is that people consider a person who has a lot of interests to be interesting. So they want to be interesting to other talkers. The secret is that a person who has an open and curious mind brings novelty to any relationships either they are business, family or friendly.
Curiosity prevents brain aging
Everybody wants to preserve youthfulness, don’t you? But while reducing skin wrinkles can be effort-consuming, you can significantly slow down brain aging process in a very simple way. You just need to be naturally curious. One of the tools that can delay mind aging is solving crossword puzzles and piecing together jigsaw puzzles. This simple practice can even help in preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Preserving the brain in an active state is a lifelong enterprise. One of the ways in keeping it active is being curious. Never be lazy in discovering something new – this is the advice of David Nopmann, the Professor of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic. Constant intellectual activity is a good preventive therapy for senile dementia. Curiosity, intellectual activity, sociability, and desire for knowledge hinder the aging of brain cells and can significantly slow it down.
Curiosity helps you learn anything you like
According to the results of the experiments conducted by the American psychologists, the speed of mastering a new skill and the efforts applied depend on curiosity. If a person is open-minded and is always being curious about discovering new things, the easier and faster they will learn unfamiliar methods. There was the study published in the Neuron, a reputable journal in the area of neuroscience, according to which a person can learn even uninteresting issues if only he/she is curious about them. But how can a boring issue arouse curiosity? Playing seesaw between boring and interesting activities can be a way out. For instance, you can combine the material you need to learn with something you enjoy be it your favorite TV show or funny videos. Make 10-minute breaks between learning sessions to stimulate your brain for being curious. After triggering pleasure centers in the brain, learning uninteresting material is not as boring as it was before. So make it your habit to excite your curiosity and interest. Use anything that captures you even if it has nothing to do with the subject of study.
Curiosity boosts achievements
Curious people show a deeper interest in studying, at least in those fields they are concerned about. Thus, they tend to be more successful at school or in learning certain disciplines. The same concerns the job, where people with curious mind show greater performance and engagement. Sounds like common sense, doesn’t it? But curious people show more participation in work if they are interested in it. Moreover, by measuring the level of curiosity in a person, it is possible to predict long-term outcomes of that person. And of course, the simplest way to demonstrate how curiosity is linked to achievements is to enumerate scientists such as Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, Isaak Newton, Charles Darwin, and more, whose curious mind led to world-changing discoveries.
Curiosity helps to overcome anxiety
How often do you speak in front a large audience? If you are not a skillful Ted-Ed talker, you may feel nervous when you have to deliver a speech. But being curious can help to calm down your anxiety. For instance, think of the event as an opportunity rather than your responsibility, a change of getting new experience, skills or meeting interesting people. Curious people with social phobia demonstrate adequate behavior and propensity for cooperation. Some can take their curious mind for a desire for communication though they are more willing to discover the world rather than to communicate. Curiosity makes such people less anxious and more open.
Being curious can be your new experience that you may have difficulties with, but taking into account all the benefits of curiosity, you will soon see that it is worth the efforts. Have inquisitive mind, never stop asking why-questions and keep on discovering new issues – all that will lead you to great discoveries!