What can make us lose our curiosity

Psychology The power of curiosity

When we move around the world openly, life becomes more interesting. How do we keep a curious look?

There are phases when I somehow don't feel like calling my friends. Or go to the cinema. Or at parties. Then I just don't want to know what's new for a while. It's wonderful for a few days, I allow myself a little break from the world.

But sometimes the phase in which I lost my curiosity a little goes on for weeks. Then I get lazy and in a bad mood. And an unmistakable sign that I've lost my connection to the world a little too much is usually when the same album is gathering dust on the turntable in the living room - it is rare that I don't have an open ear for music. When I notice that, I try to consciously open myself up to new things again.

Everything is interesting

A certain amount of curiosity is simply good for us. It has been scientifically proven that people who are interested in their environment are often much better off than those who are not curious. Harvard University psychology professor Daniel Gilbert describes the power of curiosity in his book Stumble into happiness. Do not seek your happiness, then it will find you by itself. Ultimately, it is not the security of our family environment that makes us happy. Also not achieved goals that we fought for. "There are far more surprises, experiences, challenges, discoveries, and unexpected opportunities to learn. Curiosity can lead us to all of that," says Gilbert.

And the psychologist Todd Kashdan found in studies that people who lose their open attitude are more prone to addictive behaviors because they alternatively stimulate themselves with a lot of food or alcohol. The fact that curiosity not only brings joy but also triggers feelings of elation has to do with the fact that new impressions and experiences stimulate the release of dopamine in the brain. This one often called Happiness hormone The designated substance is also the reason why we are always looking for new impressions.

On the other hand: As soon as we stop being interested, this attitude quickly becomes independent. I've seen it like this a few times. First of all, I really enjoy the peace and quiet and being for myself. But at some point there comes a point where I step on the spot and have no real vigor anymore. With curiosity, there is also vitality. Like the other day when I was lying on the sofa and didn't even feel like listening to a new record. So it is an important question how we can trigger our curiosity again and again.

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Text (shortened): Chris Muyres, Anne Otto