Build your curiosity this June

We are born curious—that's why babies put anything they can grab into their mouths. But we’re quickly taught not to question everything. Here’s how to relearn an old habit.

"Why?"

That's the question that started Karst. And it's the question that defined so many other influential people, inventions, books, and more. It's the question parents and teachers both dread and love. It's the question each and every one of us have relentlessly asked as kids ourselves. This month, we challenge the Karst community to Engage Curiosity.

This month's theme is the newest addition to the Karst Planner system - we realised in recent years that a little bit more curiosity in everyone could be the cure to many different problems - both in our lives and society at large.

This month we challenge you to engage your curiosity. Challenge yourself to pick up a new hobby, learn about a new topic, or investigate a new perspective or point of view on something you believe. Even if you don’t end up sticking to it, an attitude of curiosity gives you a greater opportunity to experience discovery and joy. At the very least, you'll come out of this month with a better understanding of yourself.

Revisiting and reconsidering our Key Questions

  • What have you recently dismissed as boring without any investigation?
  • Who is someone in your life who lives completely differently from you?
  • What can you learn from them?
  • What’s something you always wanted to learn, but never bothered? Why?

Some things to ponder from our team

Burning Questions: If you want to engage curiosity with others but don't know what kind of questions to ask, conversations cards are the way to go. These are great for learning more about yourself, as well as others. Try these from School of Life, or Flex.Mami's Reflex Cards

The inverse relationship between curiosity and depression has been widely studied. It makes perfect sense, many who experience depression describe a loss of interest in ourselves, friends and family. It follows then that there is a correlation between increased curiosity and subjective well-being. Chase your interests to their fullest extent - they will help you live longer.

Stuck on how to challenge your curiosity? Write! Discover what you think. Practice saying less. Listen more. Explore your neighbourhood using new routes. Figure out what you don't know. Invite someone new out for (virtual) coffee.

One of the consequences of living in a social media age is that we're at the mercy of recommendation systems - whether you're on Netflix, Youtube, Facebook, or Google, you're constantly being recommended things that a machine thinks you'll be interested in. It's easy to get into a loop of boredom where the content we are delivered doesn't interest us, but we continue to stay in the platforms that bore us. Try breaking the routine and expose yourself deliberately to things outside your usual interests. Pick a book, activity, topic at random and let that lead you toward new learnings.

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