Regret is a feeling everyone experiences at one point in their life or several. It's a negative emotion that comes from the time we reflect on past decisions and wish we did something different.
Studies show that the most commonly reported regrets involved romance, family, education, career, finance, and parenting. Those in palliative care often wished they lived a life true to themselves, wished they didn't overwork themselves, or wish they stayed in touch with their friends.
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We make many decisions in life, often small, but big decisions come up from time to time where their ramifications may linger for years. It's often scary to make a big decision because of what might happen, but it's inevitable.
Certain studies showed the most common life decisions involved getting married, having children, their careers, and pursuing a degree. The less common ones involved ending a life and engaging in self-harm.
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.
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.
Our emotions are obsessed with the present moment because it’s difficult to look past our immediate fears and anxieties. And this prevents good decision-making.
The sweet spot in decision-making is to find the short-term failures that enable huge long-term successes to happen in the first place.