Without question, happiness is important. Who doesn’t want to be happy and wish the same for their loved ones? But this book is about living a life that matters with a broader view about what the “good life” entails. This includes meaning and purpose in life, wisdom, satisfying relationships, the ability to tolerate distress, spirituality, creativity, compassion, feeling a sense of competence and mastery, and so on.
“Combining well-designed self-help with state-of-the-art positive psychology and profoundly inspiring stories, this is the perfect book to read when you are having second thoughts about challenging yourself to explore that next step in life!”
– Dr. Stephen Post, Distinguished Professor
Author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People
“Curious? points the way to an exploring spirit that leads to wonderment, joy, and meaning. It’s one of those rare books that is both research-based and practical.”
– Dr. David G. Myers, Professor of Psychology
Author of The Pursuit of Happiness
“Curious? will wake you up to the rewards, adventures, and meaning inherent in both life’s most momentous and most quotidian moments.”
– Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky
Author of The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want
When you adopt this broad view of what matters, an important question remains that this entire book hinges on. What is essential to creating a fulfilling life?
The answer is…
Being open to new experiences.
Being able to effectively manage ambiguity and uncertainty.
Being able to adapt to the demands required of different situations (what I call “psychological flexibility”).
Discovering our strengths, deepest values, and what it is we are passionate about.
Strengthening connections to these values and commit to a life aligned with them.
- Curious? featured in The Guardian – “This column will change your life- A curious mind is an active mind” (June 2009)
- “Can Being Curious Make You Happier?” – The Huffington Post (May 2009).
- U.S. News and World Report (May, 2009) – Happiness in the Recession
- Miller McCune Magazine – “Curiosity: The Killer Catalyst” (November/December 2009)
- AARP – “Why Asking Questions and Embracing Uncertainty is Good for You” (June, 2010)
- Working Mother magazine (December, 2009) – “Cultivating curiosity: Awakening your child’s interest in the world around him”
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