Where Did All the Questions Go?

A recent study showed that the average 4-year-old will ask 437 questions in a day. However, by the time we reach adulthood, our questioning habits will reduce by a whopping 95.2%, asking an average of just 21 questions per day. But the real question is, where did our curiosity go?

Curiosity creates an openness to unfamiliar experiences, and creates opportunities for discovery, leading to happiness. We are all born with a high level of inquisitiveness, but in time, with everyday tasks and regimes, we fall into the trap of familiarity. However, with practice, we can integrate our natural curiousness into our daily lives – but it starts with wanting to know more:

  •      A 1996 study showed, that those who were rated as being more curious at the beginning of the study, were more likely to be in better health over the next five years. Also, a declining inquisitiveness can be linked to a neurological illness, and can excel some of the natural degeneration that occurs in older adults.
  •      Highly curious toddlers have been known to grow up with higher IQs as older children, having superior scholastic and reading ability. When high levels of curiosity are transferred into adult life, adults have great analytical ability, problem-solving skills and intelligence.  
  •      Those who show higher levels of interest and openness find it easier to develop and maintain long-lasting relationships.
  •      A recent poll identified that those who could count on someone for help, and learned something new every day, were the happiest. So curiosity can help you to develop friendships that you can count on, as well as help you to learn. Therefore, it is one of the top five strengths most associated with overall life fulfilment and happiness.
  •      The greater the range and depth of our curiosity, the more opportunities we have to experience things that inspire and excite us, from minute details to momentous occasions.

Here are some tips to cultivate your curiosity:

  1. Build up your knowledge. Read a book, take a class, watch a documentary rather than your trash Tuesday night TV. Broaden your horizons.
  2. Take part in new and uncertain activities. Although this can be daunting, imagine if you knew the outcome of everything? Surprise plays a huge role in our experiences.
  3. Playfulness builds interest and curiosity. Be a big kid again!
  4. Suspend judgements. Every day, has a degree of novelty, as it never occurs again. Be on the lookout for even the tiniest difference in familiarities. By opening a window of opportunity and willingness, you may find a new hobby.

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