The experience of discovering something new may be the most dopamine-inducing activity on earth. What SuperOptimists have termed the “Eureka Cure” clears out the cobwebs, revs up the inner motor, and helps you remain a curious sort who relishes a discovery. (Especially one that 2 billion people haven’t already absorbed via memes on facebook).
The pleasure of the find may actually elicit a cry of joy, whether it be unearthing an old campaign button from the 1976 presidential election at a neighbor’s yard sale, or stumbling across a fact we weren’t aware of that brings clarity to strands of thought that had been rolling around in our heads for awhile. It can also lead to new experiences, experiments, or daydreams, all of which are welcome.
Of course, sometimes you don’t know what it is you’re seeking to discover, but you’d still like to elicit the Eureka reaction. In this case, you need a way to bypasses the biases — especially your own. One favorite is the Wikipedia “Random Article” button. Just today we discovered this place we had no clue about:
“Moneva is a municipality located in the province of Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain. According to the most recent census, the municipality has a population of 123 inhabitants.”
Here is the official seal of Moneva:
7 miles away is the Hotel Rincon del Cierzo,* a 10-room establishment. Among the activities one can pursue during their stay is birdwatching. If you’re lucky you might see one of the “ghosts of the paromo,” the Ricoti Lark.
Be careful if you pass by the local church in Muniesa. They like to toss a lot of rice and confetti at their brides and grooms.
Moneva! Muniesa! Wifi gratuito! Now what will we do with such information? Maybe nothing. Maybe we’ll move there. Who knows? But one thing’s for certain: Staying open-minded is the surest way to gin up enthusiasm for each new day ahead.
*The Hotel Rincon offers the following amenities:
- Salón-bodega de 60 m2, para 30 personas
- Cocina completamente equipada
- Piscina Cubierta, no climatizada
- Rústico y muy acogedor
- Wifi gratuito
- Aire acondicionado
- no se admiten mascotas