A key driver to hosting a radio talk show is reading and reaching out to guests. For our show to be good we need subject matter experts that can share their expertise. It is my job to ask relevant questions in an engaging and comfortable way. The absolute key to all of this is being curious. I believe this is key to happiness. Having a thirst for knowledge keeps our brain firing, synapse snapping, and myelin building.
Curiosity is a state of enthusiastic interest and sincerely wanting to know more about a topic. Curiosity creates an openness to unfamiliar experiences, laying the groundwork for greater opportunities to experience discovery, joy, and delight. One of the most overlooked keys to happiness is cultivating and exercising our innate sense of curiosity.
I love talking to smart people and learning. It makes for lively discussions and good talk radio.
In a 1996 study published in Psychology and Aging, more than 1,000 older adults aged 60 to 86 were carefully observed over a five-year period. Investigators found that people who were more curious at the beginning of the study were more likely to be alive at its conclusion. Additionally, a 2005 report in the Journal of Health Psychology described a two-year study involving more than 1,000 patients. It found greater levels of curiosity were associated with a decreased likelihood of developing hypertension and diabetes.
I have found it is easier to form satisfying, significant relationships when you show an attitude of openness and genuine interest in others and their stories.
Dr. Martin Seligman, Director of the Positive Psychology Department at the University of Pennsylvania found in his studies that curiosity was highly associated with overall life fulfillment and happiness. I have been a fan of Dr. Seligman. He is a prolific writer, and his book Learned Optimism is a classic and a favorite of mine.
Being curious has brought meaning to my life. I share this mindset in my speaking engagement takeaway closings called “The Four Pillars”. They are:
To be healthy and fit, remain curious and:
- Read books
- Ask questions
- Listen to the answers
- Make new friends
Tom Matt is the host of the “Tom Matt Show,” a radio talk show syndicated in Michigan on the Michigan Talk Network. He can be heard locally Saturday mornings on the ‘Big Talker’ WJIM 1240 AM. For more info please visit www.boomersrock.us