How curious are you, really?
Curiosity, the search for understanding, is about more than just learning new information for trivia night. When you direct it toward exploring yourself or others in a deeper way, it can become a force for connection and transformation in your life. The research is clear that curiosity has a range of benefits such as improving your well-being and relationships with everyone from loved ones to strangers. Curiosity is also a potent tool for us to bridge our social and political differences.
But how strong is your curiosity today? To find out—and discover ways you can strengthen it like a muscle—take this quiz curated by Scott Shigeoka, the author of SEEK: How Curiosity Can Transform Your Life and Change the World, with support from Meg Rice and the Greater Good Science Center team.
Please answer the questions below as honestly as possible; there are no right or wrong answers. The last questions are about you, and will be used to explore how curiosity relates to factors like age and gender. Individual responses to this quiz are anonymous and will not be shared.
When you're done, you'll get your score, learn more about the benefits of curiosity, and find resources for identifying and cultivating your own life goals.
Any responses submitted here will never be shared with any organization outside the Greater Good Science Center under any circumstances, ever. All responses are anonymized and only used in aggregate for evaluation purposes.
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