10 Regrets To Avoid For A Happy Life

In 2013, Bronnie Ware, a nurse in a terminal palliative care unit, conducted a survey. She polled her patients in their last days in hopes of uncovering any regrets so others could learn from them. She posted her findings on her blog, which became an Internet sensation that later turned into a book. The findings struck to the human core.

If this were the last day of your life, what would your top regret be? In doing research for my next book, I asked life-coaching clients, students, friends and family this same question. After surveying people over a three-year period, I was surprised to see the results unvaried.

For many people, their biggest life regret has nothing to do with crazy adventures; it is wishing they did not deny themselves certain life pleasures.

The truth is you don’t have to be dying to have regrets. Everyone is alive but not everyone lives. What it comes down to is not the amount of experiences we have but the quality of each experience.

From the survey, most people’s top regret has nothing to do with crazy adventures or traditional bucket list checks — it’s wishing they didn’t deny themselves certain life pleasures.

The majority of us all want the same things: to love, to give and to be happy. But when it comes to the end of our life, the things most of us spend our life doing are often our largest regrets.

Here are what I've found to be the top regrets of people across the world:

1. I wish I didn’t worry so much.

2. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, instead of the life others expected of me.

3. I wish I had let myself be happier.

4. I wish I were more present when I spent time with family and close friends.

5. I wish I trusted myself more.

6. I wish I left the job I hated sooner.

7. I wish I pursued my dreams and aspirations.

8. I wish I had forgiven more.

9. I wish I knew it was OK to be my own friend; I should have accepted myself sooner.

10. I wish I chose love over fear more.

To make your own Regret-Free Life List, grab this free Love Your Life to the Fullest Guide.

Shannon Kaiser

Author, Speaker
Shannon Kaiser is a best-selling author, international speaker, retreat leader, and teacher. Her much-anticipated new book, The Self-Love Experiment, will be released in August 2017. She’s been named on of the Top 100 Women to Watch in Wellness by mindbodygreen and "One of the freshest voices in mental health and wellness" by Chicken Soup for the Soul. Shannon's the founder of PlayWithTheWorld.com, named one of the Top 75 Personal Development Websites, and Top 100 Self-Help Blogs by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. Her work has been recognized in media outlets across the globe such as HuffPost Live, Health Magazine, Australian Vogue, Women’s Health, Spirituality & Health, and Entrepreneur magazine. Everything Shannon does is to empower you to believe in and trust yourself, so you can live your ideal life. Grab a free "Manifest Your Ideal Life" meditation at PlayWithTheWorld.com. Connect on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
View the class
Shannon Kaiser

Related Posts

Create your daily practice.
Learn from world-class experts.

Find A Class Loading next article...

Your article and new folder have been saved!