The phrase “spark our curiosity” has some neurological truth to it. Studies show that we’re better at learning when we’re curious, and... we actually enjoy it more, too! Developing a sense of wonder can become a useful tool — if we relate the stuff we find hard to understand to the areas we are naturally curious about, the more they will stick.
Curiosity is the hidden force that drives us to understand what we don’t know. It fuels how we learn about the people, places, and things around us. Curiosity can emerge from the excitement of new experiences, as well as our quietest moments of focused reflection. If you find yourself becoming so lost in an interest that you lose track of time, you might be in what’s called “flowstate” and curiosity tends to thrive when we tap into this state.
As our curiosity about the world around us grows, so does our perspective. When we are curious about the people around us, it also improves our ability to empathize, cultivate an open mind, and seek out experiences that will help us grow as people. And it all starts with something as simple as a question.