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Signature Strengths and Life Satisfaction: Curiosity

February 1, 2012

Curiosity as a Strength


When we are motivated to express the character strength of curiosity, we crave exploration and discovery. Fascination with a variety of topics and pleasure from learning correlate with life satisfaction. Curiosity can also drive personal development, which may enhance life satisfaction. Curiosity contributes to wisdom: the way we acquire and use knowledge.

Definition: Interest, novelty-seeking, openness to experience; taking an interest in ongoing experience for its own sake; finding subjects and topics fascinating; exploring and discovering.


How to Exercise Your Curiosity

  • Ask a lot of questions. Listen to hear more than to respond.

  • Consider an activity you dislike. Pay attention to 3 novel features of this activity while you do it.

  • Practice active curiosity and explore your current environment, paying attention to anything you may often ignore or take for granted.

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Peterson, C., & Seligman, M. E. P. (2004). Character strengths and virtues: A handbook and classification. New York: Oxford University Press and Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


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