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Embrace uncertainty.

Attract love and abundance.

Master your life.

Aren't you curious to know more?

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, when we live in the moment, when we are open to new experiences and relish the unknown.

Using science, story, and practical exercises, Dr. Kashdan offers a blueprint for building lasting, meaningful relationships, improving health, increasing creativity, and boosting productivity. You, too, can become a "curious explorer" comfortable with risk and challenge, capable of functioning optimally in an unstable, unpredictable world.

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Kashdan (psychology, George Mason Univ.), who considers curiosity the catalyst to creating emotional well-being, argues that one can find meaning in life by being open to new events and experiences. He writes that as adults, whether we are experiencing a positive or a negative event, we want to attach meaning to it and bring closure. Curiosity, asserts Kashdan, is about being flexible and instead embracing the uncertainty and novelty of a situation rather than trying to control it; through curiosity we can change our mind-sets and prolong positive experiences. If we seek daily for things that meet our needs and values, then interest, exploration, and curiosity will carry us forward to a new emotional level. In addition to an extensive resource list, Kashdan presents his own research as well as several self-help tools. His argument is not entirely convincing-in the end, readers may wonder not just whether but how the answer to a more fulfilling life is really as simple as being curious-but some readers will find this new twist on an old concept helpful.-Phyllis Goodman, West Chester Lib., OH Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

A vivid and pragmatic account of the mental alchemy through which curiosity and interest transform stress, fear, and pain into vital elements conducive to more purposeful living. ----Zindel V. Segal, Ph.D., author of The Mindful Way Through Depression"

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