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50 Questions to Explore Your World and Yourself

There are so many things we don’t know. And while this fact may be disappointing or downright depressing, it’s actually exciting. Because it’s an invitation to discover and rediscover our surroundings and ourselves. It’s an invitation to wonder and wander, and how frequently do we actually do that?

Last week I mentioned that 4-year-old girls ask almost 400 questions. A day. Isn’t that amazing?

While we don’t need to explore that many inquiries, the finding is an important reminder to be curious, and to connect to our imagination and our inner child. It’s an important reminder to shake ourselves out of autopilot, and to open our eyes.

I thought it’d be fun to share a list of 50 questions as an example of the many different topics and matters we can examine, ponder and investigate.

  1. Where and what is the oldest tree in the world?
  2. What makes rainbows appear?
  3. How do you get to the North Pole?
  4. What inspires me?
  5. Who are my favorite writers or creators?
  6. How can I best nourish myself?
  7. Why is it so hot in August?
  8. Is time travel actually possible?
  9. What five things did I observe on my morning walk?
  10. Why do I get so easily distracted?
  11. Why do we sneeze?
  12. How many galaxies are out there?
  13. Why do we laugh?
  14. Why do we cry?
  15. What are black holes?
  16. How do computers work?
  17. Why did dinosaurs disappear?
  18. Why are New York City rats so massive?
  19. What lives on Mars?
  20. What is a poem?
  21. Where is the oldest castle?
  22. What is dark matter?
  23. How was psychology born?
  24. Why do we lie?
  25. How did the English language begin and evolve?
  26. Why are some kids mirror images of one parent but not the other?
  27. How does hypnosis work?
  28. Why does our curiosity seem to dampen as we age?
  29. What things get better with age?
  30. How do we see?
  31. Where are the oldest libraries?
  32. How did Halloween become a holiday?
  33. Why is sleep so important?
  34. What will the world look like in 200 years?
  35. What happens to feelings we don’t process?
  36. How can I add more adventure into my days?
  37. When I really listen in the morning, what sounds do I hear?
  38. What if I sketched the night sky for an entire month?
  39. Why do we sleep with our eyes closed?
  40. How can I be kinder to myself?
  41. When was the first photograph made?
  42. What can I learn from my most recent mistake?
  43. How does a house get built?
  44. How is technology affecting our brains?
  45. What happened on this day in history?
  46. Why do we have eyebrows and eyelashes?
  47. What do we really know about space today?
  48. How do babies and toddlers learn language?
  49. What are some of the most amazing sea creatures?
  50. What three questions do I need to know the answer to before I die?

Jot down your own questions. Jot down anything that comes to mind—no matter how silly it seems. Then set out to find out what you want to know. Or don’t. The mere act of brainstorming a variety of questions helps to sharpen our curiosity. It helps to ignite our imagination and to spark our inner creative flames. So sometimes merely raising a question is powerful, whether you ever answer it or not.

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50 Questions to Explore Your World and Yourself

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). 50 Questions to Explore Your World and Yourself. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 30, 2020, from


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