If Curiosity is your top strength, you are interested in learning more about anything and everything. You are always asking questions, and you find all subjects and topics fascinating. You like exploration and discovery.
Curiosity falls in the virtue category of Wisdom. Wisdom deals with strengths that involve the way we acquire and use knowledge.
There are two key components to curious individuals: They are interested in exploring new ideas, activities and experiences, and they also have a strong desire to increase their own personal knowledge.
Ask Questions, Lots of Them.
Exercises for Boosting Curiosity
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.
Alice in Wonderland
Mongolian Ping Pong
Last Images of the Shipwreck
Wings of Desire
Movies are an art-form highly suited for inspiring character strengths and helping in the discovery, understanding and exploration of these positive aspects in human beings. Ryan Niemiec (VIA's education director) and Danny Wedding explore 1,500 examples in their book Positive Psychology at the Movies, 2nd edition (2014). They explain that the best positive psychology movies meet the following criteria:
- Strong portrayal of a character's signature strengths which are critical to the character's identity;
- Depicts conflict/obstacles that challenge the character;
- The character uses strengths to overcome the adversity;
- The film's overall presentation is uplifting or speaks deeply to the human condition.
- The film holds great potential to generate cinematic elevation (i.e., it causes people to feel motivated to do good and increases their altruism) or cinematic admiration (i.e., it causes people to want to improve themselves and copy the model).
Upside Down – Jack Johnson
On the Road To Find Out – Cat Stevens
Mr. Curiosity – Jason Mraz
Speed of Sound – Coldplay
Close to You – The Carpenters