Melbourne, November 24 (ANI): Most of us carry around a few regrets and spend more than two hours a week dwelling on them, researchers say.
A study has found that we typically have six things we would love to change, with the most common cause of remorse being not having travelled enough.
More than half of those surveyed admitted that they wishing they had made a different life choice at some point like having a different career, living somewhere else or marrying someone different.
A fifth of women regretted wasting time with the wrong partner as compared to 10 percent of men.
But a quarter of the 2,000 participants said they did not believe it was possible to live a life without regrets, perhaps explaining why, on average, we spend 19 minutes per day – or more than two hours a week – thinking about things we could have done differently.
More than a third of them blamed lack of cash for preventing them from fulfilling our dreams, while 25 percent think loved ones held them back.
But 32 percent admitted that the blame lay with their own lack of courage, according to the research by the British Heart Foundation.
“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,” News.com.au quoted Dr Gayle Brewer, senior lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire School of Psychology, as saying.
The top 10 regrets were:
Not travelling more
Losing touch with pals
Not exercising enough
Not saving more money
Taking up smoking
Being lazy at school
Choice of career
Wasting years with the wrong partner
Not asking more about our grandparents’ lives before they died (ANI)