Nov 03, 2021
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Albert Einstein once said, " I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious."
A study was performed by asking 10,000 participants from over 48 countries what do they want most in life. The vast majority of participants placed happiness as being more important than knowledge, relationships, intelligence, and meaning in life.
One of the most reliable and proven ways to increase our happiness is to increase our sense of curiosity.
The reason being is because curiosity creates an openness to unfamiliar experiences which lays the groundwork for a greater opportunity to experience joy and delight.
When we are curious we are able to be more in the present and when things do not go as expected, we are not upset, rather we are excited to learn the reason behind it.
Dan Gilbert, in his book, Stumbling on Happiness, the Harvard University professor shows that 'while we think we know what will make us happy in the future, we are actually less likely to find joy as a result of a planned pursuit than by simply stumbling upon it. It follows that by cultivating curiosity and remaining open to new experiences, we increase our likelihood of encountering those surprising and satisfying activities.'