Everything I Know About Happiness I Learned from a Child
Lesson 5: Explore More continued...
But as we age, our natural sense of curiosity can wane. "We become more
selfconscious and have a hard time deviating from planned activities,"
Kashdan says. We can, however, restore our openness to new experiences. Shake
off negative preconceptions, he suggests, by going outside your comfort zone —
even a short way. Talk to a stranger, eat something unfamiliar, choose books
you'd normally ignore. "Afterward, come up with three things you liked
about the new experience," Kashdan advises. In one study, people who said
they didn't like country music were made to listen to it and then asked to list
three things that were interesting about it. "Their whole perspective
changed. It's important to withhold judgment and let your curiosity unfold
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