It’s a common saying that “curiosity killed the cat.” As children, we’re taught to temper our natural curiosity with a healthy dose of caution.
We’re warned that being curious can cause trouble. That it can even be dangerous.
Yet, we aren’t warned about the harm caused by not being curious.
As a therapist in New York City, I spend a lot of time talking with smart, successful people who want something more in their lives.
And one of the most common things I notice is how people who are curious experience greater peace, contentment, and satisfaction.
Sure, sometimes curiosity can get us hurt. We can be careless, and we can lead ourselves to painful outcomes.
But curiosity doesn’t always cause harm. The world may at times feel unsafe, but being curious doesn’t make it any more so. Curiosity helps us to see things as they are. The knowledge can empower us.
Stopping ourselves from being curious can get in our way. Sure, it can shield you from short-term discomfort, but it can also stop you from having the most meaningful and fulfilling life you can.
Maybe curiosity did kill the cat, but don’t let that stop you.
Be curious, ask questions, and you can communicate better in your relationships.
Besides, that cat still has 8 lives to go.
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