Could stepping outside your known routine actually be good for your wellbeing? Science says “Yes”.
The old adage that curiosity killed the cat is often repeated to discourage risk-taking and the potential negative outcomes. However, there is also evidence to suggest that without pushing past comfortable boundaries, we are limited in our creativity and personal growth.
“By seeking novelty, humans actually improve their survival skills by being forced to adapt to a changing environment.”Psychologist Louis Cozolino
This challenge actually tunes our brains to learn more efficiently in small spans of time.
Benefits of curiousity
A case study on curiosity from the Journal of Personality Assessment revealed that people who took chances and challenged themselves experienced:
1. Feelings of happiness
2. Less stress
3. Other brain chemical rewards
When was the last time you listened to that quiet, questioning voice in your mind and tried something new?
From something as simple as taking a new route to work just to see what is out there to signing up for a class to learn a new skill, there are many ways to embrace your curious nature and step into the unknown.
What other ways do you allow time to embrace your curiosity? Please share with us below.
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Jess Ewart is an entrepreneur, speaker, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga Instructor. With over 10 years operating clinical Ayurvedic practices in both Chattanooga, TN and Aspen, CO, Jess is a wealth of knowledge and inspiration. Her inspirational push for you to learn more: “When you know better, you can do better.”
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