Do you remember the first time you met someone you really liked? Like most of us, you probably found everything they said and did super interesting and no doubt had lots of fun figuring it all out together! This notion of finding everything interesting is exactly what the 12th habit of mind is all about. It encourages us to respond to the world around us with awe and wonderment. It is all about finding the world awesome, mysterious and being intrigued with phenomena and beauty.

The key to finding everything interesting is to never dismiss anything! It means always being curious and valuing our natural instinct to engage in exploration. The idea of finding everything interesting helps us to explore deeper and for longer because of the type of thinking it generates. It begins with us exploring the obvious which then leads into the world of the unknown.

Using curious questions enhances the habit of finding everything interesting. Curious questions are ones which are truly open-ended. This means to truly find out the answers we have to genuinely explore for them. A few examples of genuinely open-ended questions are:

  • I wonder where that came from?
  • Ohh, that looks amazing, tell me about that?
  • Can you help me understand what you have found interesting?
  • How did you do that? Look at that, I wonder what is it?
  • I am so impressed with your thinking, are there any other ideas you want to tell me about?

You can also use a great little thinking tool called de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats to develop truly curious question. Each of the six hats has a job to do to help thinking go further and deeper. Children, and many adults, enjoy a little bit of dressing up and this is a great way to have lots of fun and think deeply all at the same time. You can check out how they work in greater detail by following this link.

Finding everything interesting means that each opportunity to explore the world around us turns out to be a prospect to become deeply engaged. We know that when a person is engaged we no longer have the ‘I’m bored’ dilemma and/or attention seeking behaviour. Being engaged in things we find interesting shifts our thinking, language, attention and even our physical bodies.

So let’s join in the wonderment of every experience and see thinking and behaviour change for the better.