Even as medical science and quality of life continues to increase our life spans, it seems as though many of us are not really living the life we’re given.
Too often we are caught in the “busy” trap, running, running, running—but never getting much of anywhere.
But how would you live differently if you knew you were going to die?
Finding true success and happiness
Not to be maudlin, but we all are going to die—sooner or later. And while death is something we humans pretty universally fear, thinking about our own demise can actually spur us to live more fully.
In surveys of people who know they are going to die, the regrets are almost never “I wish I had worked more,” or even “I wish I had made more money.” More often they are about success and happiness in their truest forms.
I chose these five common regrets from a book called, aptly, The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying, by Bronnie Ware, a palliative care nurse in Australia who routinely asked her patients about their regrets and recorded them on her blog.
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