Optimizing Life Expectancy (Maybe)

Forgetting Regretting

We all have wasted precious time wishing we had done something differently. It’s best to let regrets go, unless there is something we can do about them.

Psychologists Neal Roese and Amy Summerville report that the top six biggest regrets in life center on the following (1) romance, (2) friends, (3) education, (4) leisure, (5) self, (6) career, (7) family, (8) health, (9) spirituality, (10) community, (11) finance, and (12) parenting.  They also come to the positive conclusion that regrets offer “opportunities” to do something to overcome them.

Over my lucky, long life, I am sure I regretted something in every one of those categories.  (Well, maybe not parenting!) At this stage of life, I try to concentrate on things I am grateful for rather than what I would have done differently.

Here’s some good advice from an unknown source:  There's a reason why your windshield is bigger than your rearview mirror. Where you're headed is much more important than what you left behind.


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What a great column on regrets, Judy, and a focus on the windshield!

Kate Hughes

I regret that I didn’t talk less and listen more.
Unfortunately, I still have a problem with this.

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