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25 Questions to Cultivate Curiosity

Curiosity helps us to feel more alive, because we start paying attention. We start using our senses. We start asking questions and looking at our surroundings for what they are: incredible. The world becomes brighter. The world becomes one big mystery to explore, investigate and get to know.

We also start paying more attention to ourselves, our thoughts, feelings, perspectives. We embrace an empowered, solution-focused mindset, so we stop seeing ourselves as victims of our circumstances and start taking positive action instead.

We embrace an empowering, supportive, solution-focused mindset, so we stop seeing ourselves as victims of our circumstances and start taking positive action instead.

Below are 25 questions to help you cultivate curiosity in your life in all sorts of ways, shapes and forms:

  1. How does that work?
  2. What do I want to learn today?
  3. What am I really feeling?
  4. Who invented ________? How? Why?
  5. How can I make________ interesting or playful or fun or my own?
  6. What happens when _________?
  7. What’s another way to look at this?
  8. What scents, sights, sounds, tastes and tactile experiences would I like to surround myself with?
  9. What can I learn from this experience (or mistake or bad decision or _______)?
  10. Is this really that boring? As artist and composer John Cage once said: “If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.”
  11. How can I let (this event, circumstance, transition) inspire me?
  12. What do I want to discover (or rediscover)?
  13. What do I know about the 18th century? What do I want to know?
  14. What do I know about the universe? What do I want to know?
  15. What are the details of this object?
  16. What’s been on my mind lately?
  17. What are some of my favorite words or quotes?
  18. What does the sky look like today, tonight?
  19. What kinds of stories do I love?
  20. What can I read to learn more about _________?
  21. Who can I talk to about this topic?
  22. What could I learn about that would benefit my life in some way (e.g., bring more joy or creativity or thoughtfulness or laughter or play or calm or inspiration)?
  23. How did music come to be music?
  24. What is magical to me? or How can I find more magic in my life?
  25. What do I believe?

I love asking questions, because questions open worlds. I hope you find the questions that do that for you—if not in this list, then I hope it sparks other questions you absolutely need to explore.

Photo by Ashley Knedler on Unsplash.
25 Questions to Cultivate Curiosity

Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

Margarita is an associate editor at She writes about everything from taking compassionate care of yourself at any weight, shape, and size, to coping healthfully with difficult emotions. Her goal is to give readers practical, empowering tips to better their lives, and to remind you that whatever you're struggling with, you're never, ever alone.

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Tartakovsky, M. (2018). 25 Questions to Cultivate Curiosity. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 24, 2020, from


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