Curiosity – that is the hunger for knowledge, coupled with the willingness to be surprised, to wonder, to learn something new, to learn. Without this characteristic, this thirst for knowledge, there would hardly be any experiments, innovations or progress. However, this human ubiquity is exceptionally fragile: ignorance unsettles as many people. Curiosity is, above all, a natural instinct. It confers a survival advantage on specific species and can be found in its genomes. It is a logical thing that happens to humans and animals, especially to younger individuals.
The Value of Curiosity!
As we get older, we become accustomed to the reality that surrounds us and with ourselves. This is how we stop surprising ourselves and strengthening our curiosity. The experiences of the past shape our perception of the world and teach us lessons that we carry around most of our lives.
We make assumptions based on those experiences and lessons, sometimes indiscriminately. When faced with an unknown situation or a problem, our minds perceive a place of confusion or conflict as a gap. To resolve this discrepancy, our mind naturally tends to fill in the blanks with information obtained from the things we know (experiences). This, for example, is a very common way of creating false details in memories that essentially were true.
Portuguese writer, Saramago, told us that “old age starts where curiosity ends.”
We make assumptions about other people’s behavior or the future with remarkable ease. As we said before, we need them to eliminate uncertainty, which could transform into an uncomfortable feeling.
The problem, or the damage that assumptions do to creativity, occurs when these assumptions are based on very simple reasonings that leave a weak base. What I intend to say with this is that the assumptions, in themselves, are not wrong but become it when curiosity does not intervene as a driving force to create them.
It is this kind of curiosity, for example, that advances science. All scientific branches are nourished by curiosity, the search for answers to problems derived from reality, or just, the mental game of the curiosity of knowledge. Thus, curiosity stimulates our creative mechanism, imposes a challenge to face and at the same time stimulates our cognitive system to work towards an answer. Just like when we are children, and we have the incredible boldness to ask.
Interestingly, even toddlers have this insatiable thirst for knowledge. They absorb everything that the world offers them, and they are curious, inquisitive, they want to get to the bottom of things, reveal secrets, and ask questions – even some that can annoy parents or bring them to real explanations. Children do not know conventions or taboos.
Why Curiosity: https://curiosity.merckgroup.com/mission
As people grow older, many people lose their curiosity! What is unpredictable makes many adults afraid – unlike children. The main thing, everything stays the same. That’s a pity. Because the result and opposite of curiosity is boredom!
Tips for More Curiosity!
As already said above, the curiosity is already in you – from childhood on. You may have just forgotten him a bit. The good news is that you can learn it again and thus arouse your curiosity. For example with these tips below!
Curious Minds: https://curiosity.merckgroup.com/curious-minds
Try Something New– Quite consciously and every day. For example, take a new road to work, do not eat lunch in the canteen, but discover a new restaurant – maybe something exotic. Eat fresh food, cook differently. And in the evening talk to a few strangers in the bar. Over time you will not only lose the fear of something new but will also discover many new and useful experiences.
Test your Curiosity: https://curiosity.merckgroup.com/selftest
Read More– By that, we do not just mean blogs or websites, but above all books: novels, non-fiction, and specialist literature. Many successful people read a new book every week. You can do that. And you will find that you learn a lot from it – and become more curious.
Question well-known– Over time, routines, half-knowledge, and traditions creep into everyday life! Motto: “We’ve always done that!” Remember to question these things and look less for reasons why something is not working. Do not ask, “Why?”, but rather “Why not?” You know: whoever wants something finds ways; who does not want something, finds reasons.
Stay in Motion– Not only physically, but above all mentally. Curiosity makes us try things – regardless of rules, customs or our age. You can still learn, move, travel or discover new hobbies in your old age. What would be worse: that you have experienced a failure or have never tried to realize your dreams?
4 Dimensions of Curiosity: https://curiosity.merckgroup.com/stories/ingredients-of-curiosity
Sure, curiosity is not always rewarded. But in retrospect, everyone will confirm that risk-taking and courage have led to higher satisfaction and a more colorful life.