One of the top 5 strengths that many of my dissertation clients share is curiosity.
It’s not surprising that motivated, high-achieving academic people would have curiosity as a top strength.
And as you write a dissertation and live your life, the benefits of curiosity are many. For one thing, curiosity is among those specific strengths which are most likely to make for a happy life. Positive Psychologist Chris Peterson has found that along with gratitude, zest, hope, and capacity to love, curiosity is one of the strengths most closely related to greatest life satisfaction. It has also been found in at least one study to be associated with a long life.
So what else can this wonderful strength do for you?
Assuaging your curiosity has its own built-in reward. It is fulfilling.
Another way that curiosity rewards you for the effort is that the resulting learning usually produces more curiosity. Knowing that there is more to learn or that you don’t know everything yet can induce greater curiosity.
If curiosity is one of your top strengths and you are using that strength, you know how excited and engaged you are when you are satisfying your curiosity or in a state of curiosity. One of my clients used the word “joy” to describe the feeling when he is in this state.
What would you be willing to do to experience joy as you’re researching or writing your dissertation?
How are you feeling about your dissertation?
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Until next time, unleash your curiosity!
Nancy Whichard, Ph.D., PCC
Your International Dissertation Coach and Academic Career Coach
nancy @ nancywhichard.com