Tuesday, November 27

Top Ten Regrets In Life

Regrets, I've had a few

Regrets, I've had a few but, then again, too few to mention.

It appears that most of us have regrets and we supposedly spend more than two hours every week dwelling on them.

(1) Not travelling more
(2) Losing touch with pals
(3) Not exercising enough
(4) Not saving more money
(5) Taking up smoking
(6) Being lazy as school
(7) Choice of career
(8) Wasting years with wrong partner
(9) Eating unhealthily
(10) Not asking more about our grandparents' lives before they died
Yes, it's another study, this time by the British Heart Foundation.

Dr Gayle Brewer of the University of Central Lancaster School of Psychology said about this, "There seems to be a certain air of resignation amongst us that living out our dreams may simply not be possible for a variety of reasons."

I don't know what you think but I find this a little sad.

The list of the Top Ten Regrets is shown on the right.

Our main excuse (33% of study) for not completing our dreams is a lack of cash holding us back. 25% feel it's loved ones stifling our ambitions but 32% are honest enough to say that it's their own lack of courage that's the downfall.

It's interesting that a quarter of the study participants did not believe it was possible to live life without regrets - and that's why we waste 19 minutes per day thinking about things we could have done differently.

Maybe our ambitions are set too high as the survey also revealed that the number one goal on our 'to do list' is winning the lottery! And that has odds of 14,000,000 to 1 against is doing this.

Looks like, if we are typical of the study, we need to change the way we see things. Everything is possible but, as Henry Ford said, "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got."

Further Reading:
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Receiving Jewels And Other Gifts From The Invisible World

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  1. i think we all have regrets especially as we get older and look back at what might have been

  2. I'd have to go 1,4,6,7,8 and 10,
    I regret to say.

    And if my wife reads this comment then you can add one more regret to that list.-)

    1. Are you looking for trouble with no.8! I wished I'd travelled when I was young, single and free. I have excuses why I didn't but not sure I believe them now.

  3. Interesting list. I definitely go with 1. The others I have to think about. Thing is, if we spend too much time thinking about our regrets, it's far more difficult to live life, isn't it?

    1. As I replied to Daz, I wish I'd travelled when I was young but nobody seemed to back them from my background.