Join getAbstract to access the summary!

Want to be more curious? Experts recommend these 5 habits

Join getAbstract to access the summary!

Want to be more curious? Experts recommend these 5 habits

Despite a reputation for catastrophe and cat killings, curiosity is a beneficial drive that improves our lives and well-being.

big think,

5 min read
3 take-aways
Audio & text

What's inside?

Enhance your curiosity by adopting five transformative habits.

Editorial Rating



  • Applicable
  • Well Structured
  • For Beginners


Feeling stuck in your day-to-day? Foster your curiosity to open up a world of possibilities. Though mythology paints curiosity in a less-than-flattering light, author Kevin Dickinson takes a 21st-century look into the benefits of enhancing your curious nature. Dickinson explores how a curious mind can lead to new knowledge, scientific breakthroughs and even a happier, more fulfilling life. In his guide, he breaks down five unique habits, such as asking better questions and understanding your motivations, that give you the courage to explore the unknown with a fresh perspective.


Curiosity drives progress and enhances overall well-being.

Ancient stories often portray curiosity negatively, illustrating the disastrous consequences for those who succumb to its allure – as occurred when Eve ate the forbidden apple or Pandora opened the mysterious box. However, real-world history reveals curiosity as a driving force behind human progress.

The Age of Enlightenment, in particular, saw a surge in groundbreaking ideas and innovations, thanks to the power of curiosity. Moreover, psychological research links curiosity to numerous personal benefits, including heightened creativity, boosted life satisfaction, and improved academic and job performance.

Humans have a natural inclination toward curiosity, but you can also choose to boost your curiosity level.

The intense desire to explore the unknown is a fundamental human trait. It emerges early in life with babies...

About the Author

Kevin Dickinson is the Learning Curve columnist at Big Think and Big Think+, which focuses on the intersection between education, psychology and science.

Comment on this summary