Flourish Inside Out

Get curious in April

Happy Sunday, dear readers! It’s that time of the month when I delve into the theme of the month for Flourish Inside Out. In April, I aim to focus on interest which can evoke a sense of curiosity.

What is interest

According to Barbara Fredrickson, interest is a heightened state that calls attention to something new that inspires fascination and curiosity. Interest is alive and invigorating, wakes you up and leaves you wanting more.

Benefits of curiosity

Interest inspires curiosity and curiosity has a number of benefits for us:

  • Curiosity helps us survive as when we explore new things and seek novelty, we remain vigilant and gain knowledge.
  • Curious people are happier. Research shows that curious people experience more positive emotions, less anxiety, better life-satisfaction and psychological wellbeing (source).
  • Curiosity boosts achievement (source).
  • Curiosity can help expand our empathy (source)
  • Curiosity can help strengthen relationships (source)
  • Curiosity can help with learning and improve memory (source)

How to cultivate interest and curiosity

  • Ask questions
  • Explore the unknown with an open mind
  • Read widely; even those subjects that are out of your comfort zone
  • Be mindful and engage in your interests. It helps you to navigate and find things you may have previously not known
  • Talk to people with an open mind

My plans to cultivate interest and be curious this month

  • Read a genre I have not read much before
  • Learn about new forms of poetry through the A to Z challenge
  • Visit a new place on the Central Coast
  • Be open and curious when I’m away for 10 days hiking the Great Ocean Road
  • Take some time for self-reflection

Of course, I will continue to take photos each day about something that interests me generally. You can follow that journey on Instagram or look for the hashtag #flourishinsideout or #flourishin2017. If you are participating in it this month, do let me know so I can follow you too.

What interests you? What piques your curiosity?

Do share!

***Linking with Alicia for Open Slather and Denyse for Life this Week***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Geethica Mehra
    April 2, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Sanch,this is so true. When we are interested in something or someone, we get curious. And curiosity has so many benefits to our life. At present, I am curious about different styles of writing.

  • Geethica Mehra
    April 2, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Sanch,this is so true. When we are interested in something or someone, we get curious. And curiosity has so many benefits to our life. At present, I am curious about different styles of writing.

  • Vidya Sury
    April 2, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Curiosity keeps me going most of the time. For me it is books, people and DIY and exploring everything I am capable of. I believe we should try everything once! I hope you have a lovely trip, Sanch!
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  • Vidya Sury
    April 2, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Curiosity keeps me going most of the time. For me it is books, people and DIY and exploring everything I am capable of. I believe we should try everything once! I hope you have a lovely trip, Sanch!
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  • kadambari Singh
    April 3, 2017 at 2:54 am

    I believe Curiosity keeps one young and always going with times. I am also going to read more and out of my comfort zone.

  • kadambari Singh
    April 3, 2017 at 2:54 am

    I believe Curiosity keeps one young and always going with times. I am also going to read more and out of my comfort zone.

  • Amrita
    April 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    I hae never done anything without asking why? I made my mom pretty mad sometimes.Curiosity is th best way to keeep life exciting and fruitful.Great post

  • Amrita
    April 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    I hae never done anything without asking why? I made my mom pretty mad sometimes.Curiosity is th best way to keeep life exciting and fruitful.Great post

  • Denyse
    April 3, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Oh that walking trip sounds very interesting. Go you!! I am curious all the time..and ask questions all the time…I am such a teacher I guess. Mind you I have stepped into the learning mode as I continue to make the transition to the new life that is mine without all the roles I used to have. Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek 14/52. Next week: Easter
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  • Denyse
    April 3, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Oh that walking trip sounds very interesting. Go you!! I am curious all the time..and ask questions all the time…I am such a teacher I guess. Mind you I have stepped into the learning mode as I continue to make the transition to the new life that is mine without all the roles I used to have. Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek 14/52. Next week: Easter
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  • Kat
    April 4, 2017 at 3:51 am

    I used to be a journo, which basically means spending your entire work day asking questions and reading about subjects that you know nothing about. That was always good for my curiousity. Although, it’s really slowed down now and I feel like I have zero memory for anything I’ve read anymore. Maybe I need to pick up the question-asking again.

  • Kat
    April 4, 2017 at 3:51 am

    I used to be a journo, which basically means spending your entire work day asking questions and reading about subjects that you know nothing about. That was always good for my curiousity. Although, it’s really slowed down now and I feel like I have zero memory for anything I’ve read anymore. Maybe I need to pick up the question-asking again.

  • Karnika Kapoor
    April 5, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Wonderful Post! Curiosity is Important and benefits cited are essential for a healthy mind.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Cheers!

  • Karnika Kapoor
    April 5, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Wonderful Post! Curiosity is Important and benefits cited are essential for a healthy mind.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Cheers!

  • Ashleigh My Meow
    April 6, 2017 at 8:04 am

    My curiosity at the moment is taking me away from blog land! I’ve been reading and writing down lots of ideas and words I just can’t make sense of it all. Perhaps it will all make sense soon!
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    • Sanch Writes
      April 6, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      Nothing wrong with that! 😀

  • Ashleigh My Meow
    April 6, 2017 at 8:04 am

    My curiosity at the moment is taking me away from blog land! I’ve been reading and writing down lots of ideas and words I just can’t make sense of it all. Perhaps it will all make sense soon!
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    • Sanch Writes
      April 6, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      Nothing wrong with that! 😀

  • Alicia O'Brien
    April 6, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    There is always something picquing my interest, I love to learn and try new things! I just don’t always have the time to pursue them. Enjoy your hiking on the Great Ocean Road!
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  • Alicia O'Brien
    April 6, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    There is always something picquing my interest, I love to learn and try new things! I just don’t always have the time to pursue them. Enjoy your hiking on the Great Ocean Road!
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  • Sid
    April 7, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    If my son could read, he would love this – this is the kind of ‘curiosity’ that he loves to explore.

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