Being open-minded involves being receptive to a wide variety of viewpoints, information and ideas. It means being flexible and adaptive.
Cultivating an open mind is another valuable outcome of critical thinking and reasoning.
Now more than ever we live in a world that is constantly changing. In order to keep up, we must be open to new experiences and new ways of looking at things.
If we do not stay current we will miss out on the wonderful technological advancements that are taking place on the Internet, cell phones, digital photography, tablets, etc. Progress in these areas is making our lives easier and more interesting every day.
People who are open-minded are willing to change their views when presented with new facts and evidence. Those who are not, and are resistant to change will find life less rewarding and satisfying, not to mention very dull.
If we limit ourselves to what we knew and were more comfortable with in the past, we will become increasingly frustrated and less able to navigate inevitable, ongoing global changes.
Indeed, even society as a whole has changed dramatically over the last several years. As a whole, we have become more liberal, accepting, and tolerant whereby; circumstances that were not acceptable years ago are now accepted.
If we choose to approach life in the same way day after day, as well as becoming bored and uninspired, we will reduce our intellectual aptitude, become less interesting to others, and put ourselves at risk for mentally degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.
If, on the other hand, we seek new ways of doing and looking at things, we will expand our intellectual capability, find life more exciting, and significantly broaden our experiences.
Being open-minded also helps us improve our problem solving skills. First, it expands our ability to approach a problem in more ways than one; second, it brings to light multiple, more expansive ways to solve the problem.
Undoubtedly, when we have more options and possibilities at our disposal, better solutions and outcomes are the result.
⇒You become mentally strong. By being open to new experiences and ideas you become a more secure, confident and multi-dimensional person.
⇒You don't fear making mistakes. When you have an open mind you aren't afraid being wrong and are therefore more receptive to learning from your mistakes. Much personal growth takes place when you learn from mistakes.
⇒Creativity flourishes. There is nothing like an open mind to unleash creativity. When you are open to possibilities the sky's the limit.
⇒You improve your relationships and increase emotional intelligence. Open-mindedness makes you more empathetic, understanding and easy to get along with.
⇒You are and have more fun. Open-minded people are more open to humor and are not hampered by artificial constraints.
Ultimately, cultivating an open mind broadens our horizons, keeps our minds sharp, and helps us become more interesting people.
"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." F. Scott Fitzgerald