According to a report in the Mature Times, Britons on average have seven major regrets throughout their lives.
The main list of regrets are made up of decisions that should or should not have been made in a person’s life such as not going to college, achieving better grades in school, taking up smoking, being too adventurous or not being adventurous and not keeping in touch with friends and family.
But, should we let the decisions we have made in the past haunt us forever?
One regret that a lot of people have mentioned on the list is never going to university or college. What I find most interesting about these two is there is still time to get into higher education or take up a course at any age and there are no limits! According to a report in the Guardian, universities minister David Willetts has said that older people should return to higher education.
Taking the step back into education towards the end of one career could open the door to another and also bring new skills which you may have never dreamed possible. Taking up a course in the day or evening is a great way to make new friends too, especially if you’re feeling lonely and want to take up a new hobby.
Making choices to stop smoking, cut down drinking and lead an overall healthier life can benefit everyone and the choices to get married, have children too young, too late or not at all or even buying a house should never be a regret, if it has helped mould you into the person you are today and you are happy then it was only ever a good decision.
Negativity is never any good for anyone and remembering that no matter what you do in life, there will always be a few regrets here and there but if we spent time dwelling on them, we may regret the time we have wasted thinking about them.
Seeing as today is International Happiness Day, I think it is a marvellous opportunity to reflect on the life changing choices made over the years and how happy they have made you!by