Curious?: Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life

Overview

Embrace uncertainty.

Attract love and abundance.

Master your life.

Aren't you curious to know more?

In Curious? Dr. Todd Kashdan offers a profound new message missing from so many books on happiness: the greatest opportunities for joy, purpose, and personal growth don't, in fact, happen when we're searching for happiness. They happen when ...

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Overview

Embrace uncertainty.

Attract love and abundance.

Master your life.

Aren't you curious to know more?

In Curious? Dr. Todd Kashdan offers a profound new message missing from so many books on happiness: the greatest opportunities for joy, purpose, and personal growth don't, in fact, happen when we're searching for happiness. They happen when we are mindful, when we explore what's novel, when we live in the moment, when we are open to new experiences and relish the unknown.

Using science, story, and practical exercises, Dr. Kashdan offers a blueprint for building lasting, meaningful relationships, improving health, increasing creativity, and boosting productivity. You, too, can become a "curious explorer" comfortable with risk and challenge, capable of functioning optimally in an unstable, unpredictable world.

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Editorial Reviews

Arianna Huffington
"Curiosity is what makes for great leaders, great parents, and great friends. Buttressed by the latest scientific research, Curious? is one of those rare books that can make you rethink how you see the world."
David G. Myers
"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."
Stephen Post
"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!"
Sonja Lyubomirsky
"Curious? will wake you up to the rewards, adventures, and meaning inherent in both life’s most momentous and most quotidian moments."
Marci Shimoff
"Todd Kashdan gives us the tools, language, and plan to put a life change into effect. And the journey can be as happy as the destination."
Zindel V. Segal
"A vivid and pragmatic account of the mental alchemy through which curiosity and interest transform stress, fear, and pain into vital elements conducive to more purposeful living."
—Arianna Huffington
“Curiosity is what makes for great leaders, great parents, and great friends. Buttressed by the latest scientific research, Curious? is one of those rare books that can make you rethink how you see the world.”
—David G. Myers
“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.”
—Stephen Post
“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!”
—Sonja Lyubomirsky
“Curious? will wake you up to the rewards, adventures, and meaning inherent in both life’s most momentous and most quotidian moments.”
—Marci Shimoff
“Todd Kashdan gives us the tools, language, and plan to put a life change into effect. And the journey can be as happy as the destination.”
—Zindel V. Segal
“A vivid and pragmatic account of the mental alchemy through which curiosity and interest transform stress, fear, and pain into vital elements conducive to more purposeful living.”
Library Journal

Kashdan (psychology, George Mason Univ.), who considers curiosity the catalyst to creating emotional well-being, argues that one can find meaning in life by being open to new events and experiences. He writes that as adults, whether we are experiencing a positive or a negative event, we want to attach meaning to it and bring closure. Curiosity, asserts Kashdan, is about being flexible and instead embracing the uncertainty and novelty of a situation rather than trying to control it; through curiosity we can change our mind-sets and prolong positive experiences. If we seek daily for things that meet our needs and values, then interest, exploration, and curiosity will carry us forward to a new emotional level. In addition to an extensive resource list, Kashdan presents his own research as well as several self-help tools. His argument is not entirely convincing-in the end, readers may wonder not just whether but how the answer to a more fulfilling life is really as simple as being curious-but some readers will find this new twist on an old concept helpful.
—Phyllis Goodman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061661198
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 699,982
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Todd Kashdan, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at George Mason University. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, and on NPR and PBS. He lives with his wife and twin daughters in Fairfax, Virginia.

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