Curiosity is an attitude which we can develop out of our inquisitive mind. Most of the time schooling have the power of destroying this attitute in students at large. As we know, children are born with it, but as time passes, it seems, it get eroded some how. Some see it as an important trait of a genius. I don’t think you can find an intellectual giant who was not a deep curious person. For instance, Thomas Alva Edison, Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Charles Darwin, Leonhard Euler, Jakob Bronowski, Isaac Newton, Karl Friedrich Gauss, Alessandro Volta, James Clerck Maxwell, Edwin Hubble, Madame Curie, Lisa Meitner, Hypatia, Alexander von Humboldt, Erathostenes, Dionysius of Thrace, Archimides, Joseph Fourier, Apollonius of Perga, Christiaan Huygens, Gottfried Wilhem Leibiniz, Anton van Leeuwenhoek, among others, they were all very curious characters. Richard Feynman and Erathostenes were especially known for their adventures which came from their curiosity.
But, tell me, how do you think curiosity so important in real life? Do you? Here, thenceforth, I dare to present four basic reasons to believe how curiosity enriches your mental life and enhances your way of life:
- It makes your mind become even more active instead of being so 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 to be so observant of new ideas popping up all around you
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 that can transform your very life
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, joy and pleasure 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.
Knowing the importance of curiosity, I now try to give you some tips or hints of how to develop it:
1. Try always to keep an open 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.
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.
2. One advice that I presume is so important is not take things as granted, never
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.
3. Try to ask questions relentlessly, always poring over the venue of your questioning and the direction it may get
A sure way to dig deeper beneath the surface of reality is to keep the healthy attitude of 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.
4. Talking about curiosity, never 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.
5. Be adventurous and regard always 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..
6. Be so open and try to read diverse kinds of reading in your world (in other words, be broadening)
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.