Don’t “Leave” With Regrets

What will you regret when you are about to leave this earth? I have lost both parents as well as all of my grandparents. And I had the amazing privilege of being with both my father and grandfather when they passed away. So I was fascinated to hear about the book by former Hospice nurse, Bronnie Ware, entitled The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.

Here they are, along with my thoughts:

1. “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”¬†Are our choices based on what we believe others think of us?

2. “I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.” Reportedly most commonly voiced by men.

3. “I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.” According to Ware, “Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.”

4. “I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.” Good friends are so special and completely worth fighting for.

5. “I wish I had let myself be happier.” Do we even realize that we often don’t let ourselves be happy? “Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice.”

Next month I will share some “Happiness Hacks” from my new favorite podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin. My own new happiness hack is to listen to this podcast while I run. There is no politics or religion to stress over. Just sound research and great, simple ideas for living a happier life. Happiness is my favorite.

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