Psychology Today: Curiosity is a Key to Well-BeingJanuary 19, 2023
In the latest blog post for Psychology Today, Raquel Tatar, Caitlin Iverson and Tammi Kral give a scientific perspective on curiosity.
The trait of curiosity is not just reserved for children—psychologists and neuroscientists from around the world have found that curiosity is a driving force for exploration and critical for healthy development and learning. Practicing curiosity is associated with enhanced psychological well-being, grit, subjective happiness, and meaning in life, as well as lower rates of depression and fewer negative emotions.
- Curiosity is a key component of well-being, and cultivating it is a skill that can be learned.
- Well-being practices supported by meditation can help one cultivate curiosity about the distortions coloring one’s thoughts.
- Granting oneself compassion can increase the likelihood of forming a new habit.
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