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Dead cats. That's the image many people conjure up when you mention curiosity. An image perpetuated by a dusty old proverb that has long represented the extent of our understanding of the term. This book might not put the proverb to rest, but it will flip it upside down: far from killing anything, curiosity breathes new life into almost everything it touches.
In Curious? Dr. Todd Kashdan offers a profound new message missing from so many books on happiness: the greatest opportunities for joy, purpose, and personal growth don't, in fact, happen when we're searching for happiness. They happen when we are mindful, when we explore what's novel, and when we live in the moment and embrace uncertainty. Positive events last longer and we can extract more pleasure and meaning from them when we are open to new experiences and relish the unknown.
Dr. Kashdan uses science, story, and practical exercises to show you how to become what he calls a curious explorer—a person who's comfortable with risk and challenge and who functions optimally in an unstable, unpredictable world. Here's a blueprint for building lasting, meaningful relationships, improving health, increasing creativity, and boosting productivity. Aren't you curious to know more?
How Curious? Will Help You: An Essay by Todd Kashdan
Without question, happiness is important. Who doesn't want to be happy and wish the same for their loved ones? But this book is not limited to happiness. This is a book about living a life that matters with a broader view about what the "good life" entails. Much of what we desire often has nothing to do with happiness but is just as important. This includes meaning and purpose in life, wisdom, satisfying relationships, the ability to tolerate distress, spirituality, creativity, compassion, feeling a sense of competence and mastery, and so on. Sometimes trying to be happy actually gets in the way of making inroads toward these other elements. Effectively handling the pain and stress that life brings is an essential part of creating a rich, meaningful existence.When you adopt this broad view of what matters, an important question remains that this entire book hinges on. What is essential to creating a fulfilling life? The answer is…
This book provides a closer look at curiosity; a neglected and underappreciated strength in our arsenal. People regularly ignore curiosity because it appears, on the surface, to be a very obvious, simple, impotent emotion--something unusual appears or someone captivates us by a story, we feel curious, and direct our attention to explore further. But while this emotion seemed simplistic even to me, as I began my research, I soon discovered that curiosity is a deeper, more complex phenomenon that plays a critical role in what makes people’s lives most worth living. Curiosity is the spark plug that ignites other factors that contribute to happiness and meaning in life. You can't work with strengths until you spot them and investigate them. You can't be grateful without being curious about what benefits you received in your life.
Besides a better understanding of curiosity, readers will be introduced to strategies for becoming a more curious explorer. By reclaiming curiosity and learning how to wield it, readers will be able to demonstrably alter the quality of their lives. A good portion of this book focuses on how to find, create, and sustain fulfilling moments and a fulfilling life.
One of my favorite pop psychology books. Have read the book at least 3 times now--gives me a surge of positive energy when I embrace the ideas. Read morePublished 1 month ago by psyc_forever
There are hundreds (if not thousands) of books on the subject of happiness. Many of them focus on the moment-to-moment elements like gratitude, joy, hope, etc. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Doug H.
There was a serious need for an editor's red pen to pare down and focus this rambling author. I cannot recommend it, as it states nothing new.Published 17 months ago by C Landrey
For a book that claimed not to be a self-help book, there was an unending stream of advice here. The central concept--approaching life with curiosity--is absolutely spot on, but I... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Robert Stocking
This is the book you want to read when you're unsure about life, yourself, your relationships... at those times, read this book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Intuition_Gal
The underlying message is very good but the author can't seem to help being preachy and it's full of pop-psychology.Published 23 months ago by Lorraine Fine
I recently read this book because I came across a Utube video of Todd Kashdans called "Becoming a Mad Scientist with your Life" It peeked my curiosity! Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by Curioustotheend
I'm an Assistant Professor and Health Psychologist at a major medical center. However, I don't teach - instead, I work directly with clients suffering from serious diseases - heart... Read morePublished on April 30, 2013 by Colin
We are all curious creatures, but we are not always comfortable exploring the unknown when we know there are challenges and risks involved. Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by amazon's fan