Tuesday, April 5, 2011

What do you regret?

A recent study examines the regrets of adult Americans.  I haven't ready the full study (Regrets of the Typical American: Findings From a Nationally Representative Sample) which is behind a firewall, but there is a summary article in the New York Times.

One point that concurs with my intuition: 
People whose regrets involved something they didn’t do or a missed opportunity were more likely to hold on to the regret over time.
Parenting regrets:
 Other people said they wished they’d worked less to spend time with children, a parenting regret we heard with some frequency.
No word on how many folks wished they'd worked longer hours and spent less time with their children, but I assume it was zero.

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