๐Ÿ‘‚ 1 Question to be more Curious (Harvard study II)

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There's a magical question that can help you be more open-minded and curious.

There's a magical question that can help you be more open-minded and curious.

Does this sound familiar:

  • Someone you know very well starts talking and something triggers a thought of 'here they go again...' or 'ah yes, same old, same old'
  • Someone you don't know starts talking and something triggers a thought of 'I know what they're going to say next...' or 'I really have to set them straight'

And usually we're partly right - at least thing things turn out like they always have: we get into an argument, we do not listen, we respond in the same habitual ways.

There's a magical question that can create something new, unexpected, perhaps productive.

This question is magical because it's powerful, yet seems so ordinary.

Here it is:

What is here that I have never noticed before?

Imagine asking yourself this when:

  • A political rival shares their perspective
  • At a campaign event, a citizen uses certain words that 'trigger' you
  • A well-intentioned supporter shares advice that you don't like or find helpful

The question helps:

  • Be more curious, open-minded, looking more broadly at a situation
  • Playfully explore beyond the obvious (rather than assuming 'been there, seen that, done that')
  • Be more mindful, in the moment
  • Correct biases, by going beyond our first impulse
  • Give a chance to connect in new ways, perhaps more deeply, with others

The question is taken from the book 'The Good Life', by Harvard scholars Robert Waldinger and Marc Schulz.

p.s. ๐Ÿ‘‡ below, find the latest podcast, what I'm currently reading/listening to and my favourite quote this week

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ My latest podcast

Quick questions:

  • What's 1 thing you like about the podcast?
  • What's 1 thing you'd change about the podcast?

๐Ÿ’Œ If you send me your quick thoughts to daniel@politicwise.org, it helps me improve the podcast, thanks a lot! ๐Ÿ™

The podcast is on pause over the summer. I'm working on new exciting conversations and changes to the podcast.

The last episode:

Clara Fรถller - Being president of a 4,000-members
About my guest Clara Foeller is the President of the Young European Federalists in Germany, a political youth organization promoting the strengthening and democratization of the EU towards a European federation. Clara shares the ups & downs of being at the helm of a large NGO, whatโ€™s so energizingโ€ฆ

๐Ÿ“š What I read & listen to

The Good Life
A New York Times Bestseller What makes for a happy life, a fulfilling life? A good life? In their โ€œcaptivatingโ€ (The Wall Street Journal) book, theโ€ฆ

๐Ÿ–‹๏ธ My favourite quote

Angel fly because they take themselves lightly - Alan Watts