How to be more curious

Curiosity is a personality trait that helps you be mindful, make better decisions and live a healthier life.

It's defined as... a strong desire to know and learn something.

Imagine if you used curiosity to understand yourself better. To make better decisions. To stop stressing and reacting to the little things. To eat and feel healthier. To develop a connection to your higher self. To find your true purpose in life.

You can do all those things and more with a little bit of curiosity. So if you want to know how to be more curious here are 5 things you can do.

Act Like A Kid Again

You've heard this a dozen times before: humans are born curious. That is, until adults squash that curiosity like ants invading a picnic. Part of the reason we stop being curious is that we stop playing.

So set aside time to play.

For some people, it may mean painting a picture or going to a concert and dancing like no one's watching. Whatever it is, it should give you an opportunity to be carefree and creative. When you're able to unwind, you stop stressing over your finances or your next career move.

Instead, you free up mental space to discover new things about yourself.

And when you do that you learn what does and doesn't work for you. You find healthier ways to live and you become more in tune with yourself. So find time to play and start building that curiosity muscle.

Ask questions

Another great quality of acting like a kid is asking questions. When you start asking more questions you open yourself up to a receiving new information. But the thing is, you can't just ask ANY question.

You have to ask the RIGHT questions.

Figuring out the right questions isn't easy though. It's a skill that takes mindfulness and practice.

Say you may want to lose 10 pounds for your friend's wedding. Your first thought may be - What foods can I cut out of my diet? But a better question is - What healthy options can I add in?

The first question makes you feel deprived, while the second makes you feel empowered. So each question puts you in a different mindset. That's the power of asking the right question.

At the same time, don't focus too hard on the answer.

Instead, focus on the journey and the answers will come in time. Start asking yourself some questions today and you'll be on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

Try new things

I know you've heard this one a million times before. Well, I'm saying it for the millionth and one time :) Trying new things is a sure fire way to boost your curiosity AND learn more about yourself.

So go ahead and experiment.

I'm not advocating you try any and everything though. I'm saying you should try things that bring substance to your life. Try a new workout class, give kombucha a chance, listen to a new music artist. You'll never know what will bring good vibes into your life.

And remember that not everything is for everybody.

If your friend, your mother and your neighbor down the hall love going to do Pilates but you hate the abs cramps, that's OK. And vice versa. If it doesn't work for them, that doesn't mean you shouldn't try it. Just trying new things makes you more open to new experiences that could make your life more awesome.

Stay present

For lord sake, put down your phone!

Have you ever been out in a public place, looked around and noticed that EVERY single person is staring down at their phone? Are you guilty? I know I am.

When you stay present, you notice so much about yourself. You realize you almost choked because you ate your lunch in under 5 mins. You notice how empty your apartment walls look. And then you figure out ways to fix it. You eat slower and you buy some art to fill your walls.

But you should be inwardly present too.

Are your muscles tense? Do you feel calm? The more present you are, the more aware you'll be of how people, places, and things affect you. And when you have an unpleasant reaction to something, you'll know to cut that shiz out real quick. You'll be living a healthier life in no time.

Listen to your gut

You know that instance when you read or hear something and you think hmm, that's interesting? Follow it!

Sometimes we get the urge to do something and stop short.

Don't allow that to happen. There's a reason you're drawn to it so follow your hunch.

Nine times out of 10, when you're curious about something it's a gut reaction.

So spend some time following your instinct. Do things you find interesting and learn more about them. Dig deeper and immerse yourself in it.

Personally, out of all of these suggestions, trying new things has really helped me live a happier and healthier life. What do you think would be most useful to you? Which one do you need more work on? Let me know below!

Zuri McClelland