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…?



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.