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THE RESEARCH: BENEFITS OF BEING CURIOUS

Curiosity Stimulates Vitality

Curiosity positively affects mental and physical health. It activates brain regions associated with cognitive processing and wellbeing, influencing positive emotional states. Curiosity is linked with long-term benefits for mental health, possibly reducing depression and promoting wellbeing. It’s also correlated with greater life satisfaction, resilience, and adaptive responses to challenges. In older adults, higher curiosity is linked with better survival rates and physical functioning. Curiosity might reduce negative emotions and stress, benefiting physical health by attenuating HPA axis activation and its proinflammatory effects. Overall, curiosity supports cognitive functioning, wellbeing, and health in aging.

Scientific Research — 1

Learning facts during aging: the benefits of curiosity.

Source

Giulia GalliMiroslav SirotaMatthias J. GruberBianca Elena IvanofJanani GaneshMaurizio MaterassiAlistair ThorpeVanessa LoaizaMarinella Cappelletti & Fergus I. M. Craik (2018) Experimental Aging Research, 44:4, 311-328

Abstract

Background/study context: Recent studies have shown that young adults better remember factual information they are curious about. It is not entirely clear, however, whether this effect is retained during aging. Here, the authors investigated curiosity-driven memory benefits in young and elderly individuals.

Conclusion

These findings show that elderly individuals benefit from the memory-enhancing effects of curiosity. This may lead to the implementation of learning strategies that target and stimulate curiosity in aging.

Scientific Research — 2

Curiosity in old age: A possible key to achieving adaptive aging.

Source

Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, Volume 88, 2018.

Abstract

Curiosity is a fundamental part of human motivation that supports a variety of human intellectual behaviors ranging from early learning in children to scientific discovery. However, there has been little attention paid to the role of curiosity in aging populations. By bringing together broad but sparse neuroscientific and psychological literature on curiosity and related concepts (e.g., novelty seeking in older adults), we propose that curiosity, although it declines with age, plays an important role in maintaining cognitive function, mental health, and physical health in older adults. We identify the dopaminergic reward system and the noradrenergic system as the key brain systems implicated in curiosity processing and discuss how these brain systems contribute to the relationship between curiosity and adaptive aging.

Conclusion

These findings show that elderly individuals benefit from the memory-enhancing effects of curiosity. This may lead to the implementation of learning strategies that target and stimulate curiosity in aging..

Competing Interests

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Scientific Research — 2

The Effect of Laughter Yoga on the Psychological Resilience and Sleep Quality of Nurses During the Pandemic: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

Source

Alternative therapies in health and medicine [Altern Ther Health Med] 2023 Apr 07. Date of Electronic Publication: 2023 Apr 07.

Background

During the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses frequently experienced psychological health problems such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, and stress. These problems have reduced the psychological health of nurses.

Primary Objective

This study aims to reveal the effect of laughter yoga on the psychological resilience and sleep quality of nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Results

Laughter yoga significantly improved the resilience levels and sleep quality of the experimental group (P < .05).

Conclusion

Laughter yoga can be used to improve the resilience and sleep quality of nurses.

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