What if Curiosity Is a Habit?

Why break bad habits when you can start better ones?

Matthew Murrie

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What if curiosity can not only become a habit, Curiosity-Based Thinking can help make curiosity your best habit for learning, innovating, and more?

According to Dr. Judson Brewer (Dr. Jud), Brown University neuroscientist and author of The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smart Phones — Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits:

Bringing curiosity and mindfulness to your cravings changes your relationship with them and de-activates brain areas involved in craving. “The Neuroscience of Habits

This is super cool —definitely read the article since it gives a three-step process on how to use curiosity to de-activate brain areas — but what if your curiosity isn’t just good for forming better habits, what if curiosity is a habit?

Dr. Jud simplifies the process of habits to:

Trigger → Behavior → Results

When you think about it, curiosity follows a similar formula: something triggers your curiosity, that trigger initiates a behavior (e.g. learning something new), that then produces some sort of result (e.g. action, experience, or discovery based on what was learned or done from the trigger).

If curiosity is a habit, how can you get back into the habit of being as curious as you were when you were a kid?

What are you curious about today… and what do you do about it?

If you haven’t heard about the emerging importance of a more curious world, get ready!

If you are ready, what if you get in the habit of keeping your curiosity stoked on a regular basis with more Curiosity-Based Thinking content and activities from What If Curiosity and The Book of What If…?

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Matthew Murrie

Author of The Book of What If…?, Founder of What If Curiosity, and Creator of Curiosity-Based Thinking and Curiosity-Based Learning, turning ideas into actions.