5 Sad Truths About Success And Happiness

Posted on June 30, 2014

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?

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.

There are 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.

Here is one of those questions:

I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

So often we make decisions in our life based on what others want or believe. You got a particular university degree because it's what your father wanted. You took a certain job because you wanted to make more money to support your family. You didn't pursue your dreams because someone told you they were foolish. But what would happen if you lived a life that was true to yourself, and no one else?

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