Today’s tip for Amazingness:
I am a naturally inquisitive person, by naturally I mean obnoxiously! I just neeeeeeeed to know, to understand, to see. I drive my friends crazy! Why is …..? What do you think….? Will we……? How do they……? I once took a course where the lecturer would say “Any questions….Lisa?” “Why yes, thank you for asking!” I find I am not very happy if I am not learning new things and it turns out I’m not the only one. Science has found that curiosity activates the reward center of our brains which uses the neurotransmitter Dopamine, sort of a happiness neurotransmitter. In addition to activating the “reward center” of our brain activity levels in the hippocampus region of the brain rise, which is responsible for memory.
Charan Ranganath, a psychologist at the University of California and his team studied our brains when curious and discovered that when we are curious we learn better and remember more. Not only do we remember the things we were interested in, but we remember the boring things too! If our curiosity was piqued at the beginning the changes in our brain allow us to retain information that comes later even if it doesn’t matter to us. Ranganath also says “The dopamine also seems to play a role in enhancing the connections between cells that are involved in learning.” So, not only do we learn better, remember more, but it makes us happy!
Research into curiosity is in its infancy, but the studies and results so far are fascinating. Here are a few more benefits researchers have found:
- Causes us to remember more
- May protect against late stage Alzheimer’s
- Curious people tend to be happier
- Build better relationships. Being curious and asking questions is part of building intimacy and getting to know one another as well as showing genuine interest to the other person
- Leads to a general open mindedness
- Curious people tend to be adaptable, because they are open to the fact that new information could change their view and behavior
- Being curious may help alleviate feelings of anxiety. Studies are showing that the curiosity over rides the anxiety, meaning we press through for the sake of curiosity even though we are anxious
- Curiosity is the door to learning. As we mentioned before the Hippocamupus activities rise allowing us to remember more, thus allowing learning to be virtually limitless.
- Curiosity just may make you smarter! The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 2002 found a direct correlation between curiosity and intelligence and studies have shown curious adults are more analytical and have better problem solving skills. Einstein once said “I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious” which is an understatement of his IQ, but science says he is onto something there.
The next time you have to speak to a group or teach try piquing their curiosity at the beginning and see how much they remember! As for yourself, always keep a mind that is willing and wants to learn and have the attitude that there is always something new to be learned.
It seems you can teach an old dog new tricks and curiosity, in reality, does not kill the cat! Happy curiosity!
My journey to amazing:
My Shaklee Life: My husband and I love having a Shaklee business. We enjoy the income it brings in, but more than that we really love the fact that every day I get to help someone else be healthier and help them be their best version of themselves. We love what Shaklee means to the environment and community as well! In our journey to amazing I – Lisa intend to grow my business and help more people and have fun in the process. If you’d like to learn more about Shaklee email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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My Life of Well Being: It is my determination to be more fit, and develop healthy holistic attitudes towards my health and my body. I choose to do this through education, exercise, caring for myself, and healthy eating and Shaklee.
Here is my Shaklee 180 fitness plan. If you you’d like to join me ask me about becoming a member and having access to the 180 fitness plan, meal plans and nutrition guides.
Monday & Thursday: Upper
Tuesday & Friday: Core
Wednesday & Saturday: Lower
I also add in Yoga and Tai Chi and Dolphin Pushups -oof and walking!
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100 Days to Amazing! You can do amazing things. I believe you can; you believe you can too!
What the 100 Days is about:
I was at the Shaklee Global Conference August 12-16th and we were challenged to 100 Days of Amazing with the question of what could we accomplish in 100 days if we really tried? I was inspired by the challenge, both as a business builder who wants to grow my business in 100 days and as an individual! What could I do in 100 days? This blog is a journey, an exercise in learning ways to be the best me, I can be and to help you be the best you, you can be while I’m at it!
Thanks for joining me on this journey!
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