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Contemplating the Strength of Curiosity

by | Dec 14, 2022 | Strengths

Curiosity is one of the five character strengths that comprise the Virtue of Wisdom.

Wisdom describes strengths that help you gather and use knowledge. 

What is curiosity?

To be curious is to explore and discover, to take an interest in ongoing experience for its own sake. Curiosity is often described as novelty-seeking and being open to experience, and it’s associated with the natural desire to build knowledge. 

It is fulfilling to journey toward an answer, to engage in a new experience, or to learn a new fact. To go to a new restaurant, visit a new city, meet a new person in your class, or to conduct an online search for a question can each fulfill your quest for new experiences and new information.

There are two key components to curious individuals: They are interested in exploring new ideas, activities and experiences, and they also have a strong desire to increase their own personal knowledge.

Why is curiosity of value?

  • Curiosity is associated with happiness, health and longevity and positive social relationships.
  • Curiosity helps in seeking and finding greater meaning in life. 
  • Curiosity helps in embracing uncertain and new situations.

A couple of questions to consider

  • What are you most curious about? 
  • Were you a curious child or adolescent? Has your curiosity been affected growing up? If it has changed over time, why is that?

Some things that you can do to practise curiosity

  • Ask someone close to you what they are curious about and find ways to explore the topic together.
  • Try asking “why?” more often to express more curiosity at work. Don’t take what you’re told at face value if it doesn’t make complete sense to you.
  • Do an online search for community activities around you. Take notice of what piques your interest most.

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If you are interested in exploring how the practice of Character Strengths might be of benefit to your business and culture, contact Peter Maguire on 0438 533 311 or at

Acknowledgement: the primary reference for this post is “The Power of Character Strengths: Appreciate And Ignite Your Positive Personality” by Ryan M. Niemiec & Robert E. McGrath (An Official Guide From The VIA Institute on Character)



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