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We make decisions throughout life. Some decisions are big and affect our lives for years or even decades.
A big decision is so significant because it is rare. You don't get an opportunity to learn from your mistakes. This makes it important to learn from others who have been there before.
Research found decisions that are very significant and common are getting married and having a child. Other fairly common big life decisions include starting a new job and pursuing a career.
Less common, but among the highest-ranked life decisions include ending a life of an unborn child or a dying parent and engaging in self-harm.
Much can be learned about how to make good life decisions by finding out what people's biggest regrets are. The five biggest regrets are:
Women commonly have regrets about romance/family, while men have regrets about career/education.
Studies show that there are these are the three causes of regret:
When we decide to not actively pursue the things that we want to, in retrospect, it will bring enduring regrets of what could have been. There are some things that we could have done at that time and some we could have prevented had we not done it.
Thinking about your potential regrets give you clarity. It also helps you to remove a few pieces of confusion in the present caused by alternative paths. It helps you make the right decision more easily.
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