We’ve all heard that “Curiosity killed the cat,” but a lesser-known reply to that proverb is “…But satisfaction brought it back.” The first part warns us of the dangers of unnecessary exploration in the world; whereas, the reply suggests that the satisfaction of knowing is worth the risk of finding out.

Curiosity is often portrayed as a double-edged sword—you may uncover new information, but venturing into unknown territory can feel, temporarily, uncomfortable. Why take the risk if you don’t have to? But, when you indulge your curiosity, you gain the opportunity to broaden your horizons, not to mention the satisfaction that comes from personal growth. The more you challenge yourself to seek out novel experiences and perspectives, the more insights you gather about yourself, others, and the world.

What Is Curiosity?

Curiosity is the desire to pursue novel activities, sensory experiences, and interactions that involve challenging your mind, ability, or perspective. Opening the door to curious enquiry says you’re willing to learn and are opting for a challenge over the status quo.