I've spent the last five years studying happiness. My goal has been to translate psychology and philosophy into exercises for happiness. Through this process, I discovered that happiness means connecting well with existence (and others) and that there are five ways (or muscles) that help you do it. In my book, The Happiness Animal, I describe curiosity as the third of those conduits to happiness. We often consider curiously exploring to be more holiday than every day. But what if we had a new mental trigger for the perfect time to exercise that curiosity and it was discomfort, or better still, worry?
What if? The two words of wonder that take you to the rooftop lookout of curiosity HQ, where your happy helicopter awaits you. A few weeks ago I attended The Shine NYC, where I listened to a literally wonder-full talk titled "Wonder Over Worry" by artist, speaker, and writer Amber Rae. What Brené Brown is to vulnerability, Amber is to wonder: a real, living, breathing wonder-woman. Amber's talk inspired me to try evolving my own exercises for curiosity to a workout with wonder. And who better to help me do so than Amber herself? I caught up with her for an interview among the tree-filtered sunlight, chirping birds, and echoing laughter of Madison Square Park.