This study produced a list of Top Ten regrets. It didn’t hold many surprises. Though we come from wildly different backgrounds, we all share common experiences.
The study concluded that most people spend at least 45 minutes dwelling on their personal regrets every week. No surprise there, either. We can’t help thinking about things that went wrong in the past, and inadvertently torturing ourselves by pondering what we should have done differently.
Number 6 on the list of regrets really caught our attention. It’s something that many of us at PeopleFinders think about each day:
We Regret Losing Touch
According to the study, our sixth biggest regret is not staying in touch with people. That’s sad, but true.
As we’ve said many times, it’s just so easy to lose touch with even the most important people. Life can be hectic, people move away, and before you know it several years have sped by. And you’re left wondering whatever happened to someone who meant the world to you.
It could be a friend from high school. Or a former colleague. Even a relative. We meet so many people in a lifetime. Many of them become friends and confidants. But over the time even the closest of comrades can lose touch. It’s time to fix this regret.
Reconnect. Reunite. Rebuild.
Our sixth biggest regret can be emotionally painful. Luckily, it can also be repaired. Thanks to the magic of a people search, you can find most anyone, anywhere.
The first step is to simply locate the person again. Then you can reach out and reconnect. Your initial reunion, whether it happens online or in-person, can lead to the rebuilding of your relationship. What happens next is up to you. But it’s always worthwhile to make an effort to reclaim old friendships.
If you’re missing someone, you’re not alone. We all have people we wish were still in our lives. Enough of us felt this way to get it ranked as number six on a list of people’s top regrets. You don’t have to live with this regret any longer. You can reconnect, reunite and rebuild.
Our 5 Biggest Regrets
Some of our regrets are easier to fix than others, but by understanding the regrets most of us share, we can also find ways to fix them. According to the study, our 5 biggest regrets are:
#5. Taking up smoking
#4. Not seeing more of the world
#3. Not having exercised more
#2. Not working harder at school
#1. Not saving enough money
Do you relate to any of these common sorrows?
Unfortunately, we can’t do much about certain things from our past. But we can focus on the ones that could be repaired. It’s time to stop beating ourselves up for our mistakes and think about…
At PeopleFinders, we believe it’s never too late. Even though you can’t change the past, you can work hard to resolve old problems and build a better future.
More than 2,000 people participated in the study on biggest regrets. One thing many of them agreed on was that these issues, while difficult, do help craft us into the people we are today. Every experience we have guides us down the path of our lives. Sometimes our biggest struggles make us stronger, wiser and more resilient.
Living with regrets is painful, but we can move forward. All we have to do is try. The best part is we don’t have to do it alone. May your life be filled with good friends, family and people who can help you down even the bumpiest paths. Thank you for reading the PeopleFinders people search blog.