Todd Kashdan describes a fulfilling life as one in which we live according to our values, we find or make meaning, we have effective relationships, and we manage anxiety to our benefit. Central to the achievement of these life-affirming outcomes is curiosity.
Meaning is about gaining insight into what to do and what not to do when we are faced with life’s decisions big and small. Meaning enhances our capacity to work towards a future that is most in sync with our deepest values and interests. People who are meaning-makers and able to learn from events, gain valuable insights, and grow as a person experience profound health and well-being.
In the workplace, especially in management and leadership roles, purpose is a particular form of meaning-making.
The tolerance of uncertainty is about remaining open to what your mind has to say while continuing to move in the direction of core values and interests. The attachment provided a guide to identifying your core values.
Curiosity is the ultimate tool. Curious? Read More (PDF 125 KB)
Kashdan Todd (2009) Curious? Harper