Curious about Curiosity
When thinking about how to write this post about curiosity, I decided that the best place to start would be to use these words - what, who, why, how, when and where. These question words are taught by every teacher as a good way to help find out about anything, so I'm putting them to good use in this post!
What is curiosity?
'Curiosity is the desire to learn, to understand new things, and to know how they work.'
Curiosity is the expression of the urge to learn and acquire facts and knowledge. It widens the mind and opens it to different opinions, different lifestyles and different topics. You can be curious about important things, or trivial things, it doesn't matter!
Who should be curious?
Everyone, is the short answer! As babies, we're programmed to be curious about the world around us - touching and tasting everything that we can. Toddlers love to push boundaries and ask 'why?' more times than we're able to give answers. As children and teenagers we use our curiosity to help us learn so that we can reach our full potential. But we definitely shouldn't stop being curious as adults.
Why should we be curious?
Here are some reasons: (by D. Latumahina)
It makes your mind active instead of passive - Curious people always ask questions and search for answers in their minds. Their minds are always active. Since the mind is like a muscle which becomes stronger through continual exercise, the mental exercise caused by curiosity makes your mind stronger and stronger.
It makes your mind observant of new ideas - When you are curious about something, your mind expects and anticipates new ideas related to it. When the ideas come they will soon be recognized. Without curiosity, the ideas may pass right in front of you and yet you miss them because your mind is not prepared to recognize them. Just think, how many great ideas may have lost due to lack of curiosity?
It opens up new worlds and possibilities - By being curious you will be able to see new worlds and possibilities which are normally not visible. They are hidden behind the surface of normal life, and it takes a curious mind to look beneath the surface and discover these new worlds and possibilities.
It brings excitement into your life - The life of curious people is far from boring. It’s neither dull nor routine. There are always new things that attract their attention, there are always new ‘toys’ to play with. Instead of being bored, curious people have an adventurous life.
How can we develop our curiosity?
Here are some tips: (by D. Latumahina)
Keep an open mind - This is essential if you are to have a curious mind. Be open to learn, unlearn, and relearn. Some things you know and believe might be wrong, and you should be prepared to accept this possibility and change your mind.
Don’t take things as granted - If you just accept the world as it is without trying to dig deeper, you will certainly lose the ‘holy curiosity’. Never take things as granted. Try to dig deeper beneath the surface of what is around you.
Ask questions relentlessly - A sure way to dig deeper beneath the surface is asking questions: What is that? Why is it made that way? When was it made? Who invented it? Where does it come from? How does it work? What, why, when, who, where, and how are the best friends of curious people.
Don’t label something as boring - Whenever you label something as boring, you close one more door of possibilities. Curious people are unlikely to call something as boring. Instead, they always see it as a door to an exciting new world. Even if they don’t yet have time to explore it, they will leave the door open to be visited another time.
See learning as something fun - If you see learning as a burden, there’s no way you will want to dig deeper into anything. That will just make the burden heavier. But if you think of learning as something fun, you will naturally want to dig deeper. So look at life through the glasses of fun and excitement and enjoy the learning process..
Read diverse kinds of reading - Don’t spend too much time on just one world; take a look at another worlds. It will introduce you to the possibilities and excitement of the other worlds which may spark your interest to explore them further. One easy way to do this is through reading diverse kinds of reading. Try to pick a book or magazine on a new subject and let it feed your mind with the excitement of a new world.'
When and where can we be curious?
Curiosity can happen any time and any place! At home, at work, at school, on holiday, at the shops, or on a day trip, to name but a few.
If this all sounds good, but you're just not sure about where exactly to start, next week's blog post will contain lots of ideas to motivate and inspire you. Until then, stay curious!