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Curiosity Killed the Cat…

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Many people have heard at least half of this old adage. The first half goes, “curiosity killed the cat.” The lesser known second half goes, “satisfaction brought him back.” Perhaps it is good advice to avoid being too curious, but as the second half of the adage reminds us there is much to celebrate about having – and pursuing – curiosity.

More Important Than…

Generally speaking, curiosity is a good thing. It can help us develop critical thinking skills, question assumptions, challenge beliefs, assess situations and information, and make more informed decisions.

Interestingly, it was Albert Einstein who said that “curiosity is more important than intelligence.” It’s clear that the greater our curiosity the more likely we are to use our imagination, creativity, and think outside of the box.

Research has shown that there is a link between curiosity and happiness, enabling us to experience greater satisfaction and joy in life.

Degrees

When Amara Rose’s mother died, her father was 90 years old, had been married for 63 years, and never lived alone. By the time he turned 100 he had learned to cook for himself, developed a love of technology, and is still going strong. When she asked him why he’s intently focused on forging ahead, his answer was “curiosity.”

He isn’t alone. Just about everyone has some degree of curiosity or adventure. Your openness to new experiences or information does not need to diminish with age. In fact, lifelong learning encourages us to maintain and feed our curiosity for our entire lives. Actually, it’s not difficult. Our degree of curiosity is believed to maintain or even increase as we age. It does not necessarily diminish with the passing of time. That’s good news because:

According to one study, curiosity helps maintain the health of our nervous system.
 Additional studies of both men and women found that “the most enquiring minds lived the longest.” In other words, curiosity plays a key role in longevity.
A 2018 report found that curiosity protects against physical decline and supports emotional wellbeing.

So, if pursuing a new interest or hobby, taking a trip somewhere new, or doing anything “out of the ordinary” appeals to you – do it! Your curiosity might lead to new friends, new experiences, and certainly less boredom!

Feed Your Curiosity

And there is something else you can do to “feed” your curiosity and creativity. Eat more fruit and vegetables! That’s right! Studies have shown a correlation between a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and curiosity.

Another great way to continue to bring that sense of awe and wonder as you age is to develop and enjoy your ideal 100 Year Lifestyle. That involves finding a provider near you and working with them to maintain the health of your spine and nervous system so you can continue to stay curious for years to come!

 

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