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?
Until next time,