Developing Curiosity

Some studies show 4-year-olds ask as many as 200 to 300 questions a day…an average of 40,000 questions between the ages of 2 and 5.

Warren Berger

Wow! That’s a lot of questions!

Sadly, those same studies go on to suggest that our daily number of questions goes on a rapid decline as we age. While this happens for a number of reasons, the result is that many of us lose our innate curiosity as we get older. Human nature kicks in and we feel the urge to answer more than we ask.

This is a problem when it comes to learning something new or continuing our education as adults, because curiosity is essential to the learning process. But it’s never to late to spark that child-like wonder!

Here are some tips on reigniting your curiosity for study and life-long learning:

•Don’t accept, confirm! – Hear a new statistic or a new “fact” on the news or in conversation with a friend? Don’t just accept it as true. Become an investigator and do your own research to uncover the root of truth.

•Ask “Why”? – Follow up research by asking yourself (or someone else) “Why? “Why does that work the way it does?” “Why is that the solution to the problem?” “Why is that true?”

•Try something new – Attempt to learn a new skill. Take on a new hobby. Get the gears of your brain moving by taking on new challenges.

•Dig deeper – Allow one thought to trigger another and another. Embrace asking questions as a means of learning more and more.

•Look for the weird – Discovering interesting facts or a strange perspective on something is a great way to approach a new topic. People are naturally fascinated with something odd. Use that and watch your curiosity grow!

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