Curious?: Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life

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Harper Collins, Apr 21, 2009 - Self-Help - 352 pages
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Dead cats. That's the image many people conjure up when you mention curiosity. An image perpetuated by a dusty old proverb that has long represented the extent of our understanding of the term. This book might not put the proverb to rest, but it will flip it upside down: far from killing anything, curiosity breathes new life into almost everything it touches.

In Curious? Dr. Todd Kashdan offers a profound new message missing from so many books on happiness: the greatest opportunities for joy, purpose, and personal growth don't, in fact, happen when we're searching for happiness. They happen when we are mindful, when we explore what's novel, and when we live in the moment and embrace uncertainty. Positive events last longer and we can extract more pleasure and meaning from them when we are open to new experiences and relish the unknown.

Dr. Kashdan uses science, story, and practical exercises to show you how to become what he calls a curious explorer—a person who's comfortable with risk and challenge and who functions optimally in an unstable, unpredictable world. Here's a blueprint for building lasting, meaningful relationships, improving health, increasing creativity, and boosting productivity. Aren't you curious to know more?

 

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Kashdan (psychology, George Mason Univ.), who considers curiosity the catalyst to creating emotional well-being, argues that one can find meaning in life by being open to new events and experiences ... Read full review

Contents

Seeking a Fulfilling Life
1
The Curiosity Advantage
17
Our Brains Lust for the New
43
The Curious Moment
59
Creating Lasting Interests and Passions
91
The Rewards of Relationships
125
The Anxious Mind and the Curious Spirit
167
The Dark Side of Curiosity
209
Discovering Meaning and Purpose in Life
235
AppendixExercises and Tools
263
Notes and References
285
Index
327
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Todd Kashdan, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at George Mason University. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, and on NPR and PBS. He lives with his wife and twin daughters in Fairfax, Virginia.

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