Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Follow Your Curiosity

I like to follow the chain of my curiosity.

I was listening to Blink by Malcolm Gladwell on audio book last week and he mentioned a study done by Dr. Gottman. Dr. Gottman had couples come in and asked them to discuss a tense issue in their marriage. He had them talk for 15 minutes and filmed it. He later went back and went over the footage frame by frame. He was able to predict with 94% accuracy which couples would end up divorced.  This was after only 15 minutes of observing them.

Well that sounded fascinating so off I went to the library and requested, Why Marriages Fail and How Yours Can Succeed by Dr. John Gottman.

This got me thinking about how often I find myself reading books or reading articles online or listening to audio books because I ended up there from somewhere else.

I think it is a common enough practice online. You are on Facebook and someone has posted an Upworthy article. You click on the link and read that article. Off to the side, there are several more articles.  Next thing you know you are looking at slam poetry videos on Youtube and wondering how you got there.

While I sometimes end up in places I do not want to be or viewing or reading things that annoy me, I have to say overall, I think this is a good thing.

It is important to exercise your brain; to follow your curiosity.   Go ahead and check out that next topic; that next video.

Curiosity may have killed the cat but satisfaction brought him back.

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