New research suggests that the more genuinely curious you are about a topic — be it ancient Greek, swing dancing or Thai cooking — the easier it is to learn and remember. Here’s the best part: When your curiosity is piqued, your supercharged learning and memory extend to everything, not just the topic at hand. On a neurological level, curiosity changes the brain, activating its reward centers and essentially turning it into an eager, hungry sponge. So find something you’re curious about and dig in — read about it, take a class, clear time and space to delve and discover. And since curiosity is one of the main tenets of mindfulness practice, which has also been shown to improve memory, adding meditation to your routine may help, too. So fire up those neurons and enjoy the workout you’ll be getting.
"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." Albert Einstein