Monday, June 01, 2009

Pg. 99: Todd B. Kashdan's "Curious?"

The current feature at the Page 99 Test: Curious?: Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life by Todd Kashdan, PhD.

About the book, from the publisher:
Dead cats. That's the image many people conjure up when you mention curiosity. An image perpetuated by a dusty old proverb that has long represented the extent of our understanding of the term. This book might not put the proverb to rest, but it will flip it upside down: far from killing anything, curiosity breathes new life into almost everything it touches.

In Curious? Dr. Todd Kashdan offers a profound new message missing from so many books on happiness: the greatest opportunities for joy, purpose, and personal growth don't, in fact, happen when we're searching for happiness. They happen when we are mindful, when we explore what's novel, and when we live in the moment and embrace uncertainty. Positive events last longer and we can extract more pleasure and meaning from them when we are open to new experiences and relish the unknown.

Dr. Kashdan uses science, story, and practical exercises to show you how to become what he calls a curious explorer—a person who's comfortable with risk and challenge and who functions optimally in an unstable, unpredictable world. Here's a blueprint for building lasting, meaningful relationships, improving health, increasing creativity, and boosting productivity. Aren't you curious to know more?
Browse inside Curious?, and learn more about the book and author at Todd Kashdan's website and blog.

Todd B. Kashdan, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at George Mason University.

The Page 99 Test: Curious?.

--Marshal Zeringue