Curiosity is our #1 primal emotion.
Jaak Panksepp calls it the "Seeking emotion." Mark Waldman refers to it as the "desire-to-acquire-more" instinct. Curiosity and novelty motivates us to take action in the world. When something is new, different, intriguing and pleasurable (not painful or threatening) the nucleus accumbens releases dopamine. This increases conscious awareness giving us more ability to figure out how to get what we instinctually desire. Dopamine improves psychological mood and decreases neurological stress. Result: we live longer and happier.
Waldman recommends the following exercise to find out what your instinctual (unconscious) desires are: ...[Continue reading on Mindfullyalive]