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15 Things People Who Have No Regrets Don’t Do

15 Things People Who Have No Regrets Don’t Do

Living with no regrets is freeing. It means not worrying and stressing over every little thing and, most importantly, it means that you don’t look back on something and wish it had gone another way. Living without regrets lets you live in the moment while remembering things that were positive in some way or another. In order to give up a life with regrets, follow these examples of 15 things people who live without regrets don’t do.

1. They don’t give up.

People who have no regrets don’t give up. “Try, try again” is a saying that they live by. Yes, there is a point at which you should recognize if something isn’t working out, but giving up after one try is something you might regret. Persevere and, even if things don’t work out, you at least won’t regret not trying harder for what you wanted.

2. They don’t avoid talking about things.

If something is bothering you, absolutely talk it out with whoever you’re having a problem. Make sure you’re kind and respectful, but don’t think that you need to just ignore a problem because you want to avoid confrontation. If you think you need to talk about something with someone, you should absolutely do it. You don’t want to look back and realize you lost your chance.

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3. They don’t stay home.

I love pajamas and Netflix just as much as the next person, but being a homebody might lead to some major regrets down the road. Whatever age you are now, you’ll never be that age again. You need to live your life to the fullest while you can.

4. They don’t wait for others to do something.

You don’t always have to wait for the other person to text you/apologize/invite you somewhere/call you/visit you. Relationships are a two-way street, so don’t wait around for others to make plans. Make them yourself! There’s nothing worse than feeling like you missed out on an experience simply because you didn’t take the initiative.

5. They don’t strive for perfection.

Perfection is not real. Repeat after me: perfection is not real. Memorize that phrase, write it on a sticky note and put it on your mirror, recite it daily. Strive for excellence in all that you do, but perfection is not something you should concern yourself with. Do your best and take pride in your work, but get that notion of perfection out of your brain.

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6. They don’t get caught up in drama.

Trust me, you will absolutely regret getting dragged into drama. It’s never fun and it never ends well for anyone involved. Just step away from the issue and be the bigger person.

7. They don’t avoid telling the truth.

Eventually, the guilt will make you regret telling that lie. Little white lies are fine, and sometimes necessary, but try to be honest and open with the people you talk to.

8. They don’t ignore their responsibilities.

While it can be nice to shirk on some of your less-than-exciting duties, people who live without regrets are able to do so by making sure they get everything done that needs to be done. This not only instills a sense of accomplishment, but also ensures that nothing goes wrong in the future. After all, responsibilities are important.

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9. They don’t stress out.

Stress can really take a toll on a person. In order to live without regrets, try to focus on the positives in life. Take things as they come and don’t get too overwhelmed.

10. They don’t skimp on their health.

Exercising and eating right are important aspects of a healthy lifestyle. You definitely don’t want to regret living an unhealthy lifestyle, especially as it’s bound to catch up to you.

11. They don’t avoid people.

People who live without regrets are often very personable and friendly. This is because they realize that they only have so much time on this earth to meet people and engage with others. Try to talk to people, even if it’s just for a moment, and you’ll be happy you did.

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12. They don’t envy others.

Always look up to other people, but never let jealousy consume your life. It’s not worth your time.

13. They don’t forget the simple pleasures in life.

It can be easy to forget the simple things in life that we take for granted, but living without regrets for many people means stopping and learning to appreciate these things for what they are.

14. They don’t stray from their moral compass.

It’s very hard to avoid regret when you’re straying from your moral beliefs. Whatever they may be, you should stick to them to make sure you won’t make any decisions that might not be in your best interest.

15. They don’t say no too often.

The biggest thing about living without regret is learning when to say yes. Saying no too often leads to missed opportunities and missed connections with others. Learn to say yes to people and you’ll live a much happier life. You won’t look back and think you missed out on something if you make sure you say yes.

Featured photo credit: big mess/M via flickr.com

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Last Updated on December 3, 2019

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

There are so many lessons I wish I had learned while I was young enough to appreciate and apply them. The thing with wisdom, and often with life lessons in general, is that they’re learned in retrospect, long after we needed them. The good news is that other people can benefit from our experiences and the lessons we’ve learned.

Here’re 10 important life lessons you should learn early on:

1. Money Will Never Solve Your Real Problems

Money is a tool; a commodity that buys you necessities and some nice “wants,” but it is not the panacea to your problems.

There are a great many people who are living on very little, yet have wonderfully full and happy lives… and there are sadly a great many people are living on quite a lot, yet have terribly miserable lives.

Money can buy a nice home, a great car, fabulous shoes, even a bit of security and some creature comforts, but it cannot fix a broken relationship, or cure loneliness, and the “happiness” it brings is only fleeting and not the kind that really and truly matters. Happiness is not for sale. If you’re expecting the “stuff” you can buy to “make it better,” you will never be happy.

2. Pace Yourself

Often when we’re young, just beginning our adult journey we feel as though we have to do everything at once. We need to decide everything, plan out our lives, experience everything, get to the top, find true love, figure out our life’s purpose, and do it all at the same time.

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Slow down—don’t rush into things. Let your life unfold. Wait a bit to see where it takes you, and take time to weigh your options. Enjoy every bite of food, take time to look around you, let the other person finish their side of the conversation. Allow yourself time to think, to mull a bit.

Taking action is critical. Working towards your goals and making plans for the future is commendable and often very useful, but rushing full-speed ahead towards anything is a one-way ticket to burnout and a good way to miss your life as it passes you by.

3. You Can’t Please Everyone

“I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to please everyone” – Bill Cosby.

You don’t need everyone to agree with you or even like you. It’s human nature to want to belong, to be liked, respected and valued, but not at the expense of your integrity and happiness. Other people cannot give you the validation you seek. That has to come from inside.

Speak up, stick to your guns, assert yourself when you need to, demand respect, stay true to your values.

4. Your Health Is Your Most Valuable Asset

Health is an invaluable treasure—always appreciate, nurture, and protect it. Good health is often wasted on the young before they have a chance to appreciate it for what it’s worth.

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We tend to take our good health for granted, because it’s just there. We don’t have to worry about it, so we don’t really pay attention to it… until we have to.

Heart disease, bone density, stroke, many cancers—the list of many largely preventable diseases is long, so take care of your health now, or you’ll regret it later on.

5. You Don’t Always Get What You Want

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

No matter how carefully you plan and how hard you work, sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them to… and that’s okay.

We have all of these expectations; predetermined visions of what our “ideal” life will look like, but all too often, that’s not the reality of the life we end up with. Sometimes our dreams fail and sometimes we just change our minds mid-course. Sometimes we have to flop to find the right course and sometimes we just have to try a few things before we find the right direction.

6. It’s Not All About You

You are not the epicenter of the universe. It’s very difficult to view the world from a perspective outside of your own, since we are always so focused on what’s happening in our own lives. What do I have to do today? What will this mean for me, for my career, for my life? What do I want?

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It’s normal to be intensely aware of everything that’s going on in your own life, but you need to pay as much attention to what’s happening around you, and how things affect other people in the world as you do to your own life. It helps to keep things in perspective.

7. There’s No Shame in Not Knowing

No one has it all figured out. Nobody has all the answers. There’s no shame in saying “I don’t know.” Pretending to be perfect doesn’t make you perfect. It just makes you neurotic to keep up the pretense of manufactured perfection.

We have this idea that there is some kind of stigma or shame in admitting our limitations or uncertainly, but we can’t possibly know everything. We all make mistakes and mess up occasionally. We learn as we go, that’s life.

Besides—nobody likes a know-it-all. A little vulnerability makes you human and oh so much more relatable.

8. Love Is More Than a Feeling; It’s a Choice

That burst of initial exhilaration, pulse quickening love and passion does not last long. But that doesn’t mean long-lasting love is not possible.

Love is not just a feeling; it’s a choice that you make every day. We have to choose to let annoyances pass, to forgive, to be kind, to respect, to support, to be faithful.

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Relationships take work. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s incredibly hard. It is up to us to choose how we want to act, think and speak in a relationship.

9. Perspective Is a Beautiful Thing

Typically, when we’re worried or upset, it’s because we’ve lost perspective. Everything that is happening in our lives seems so big, so important, so do or die, but in the grand picture, this single hiccup often means next to nothing.

The fight we’re having, the job we didn’t get, the real or imagined slight, the unexpected need to shift course, the thing we wanted, but didn’t get. Most of it won’t matter 20, 30, 40 years from now. It’s hard to see long term when all you know is short term, but unless it’s life-threatening, let it go, and move on.

10. Don’t Take Anything for Granted

We often don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone: that includes your health, your family and friends, your job, the money you have or think you will have tomorrow.

When you’re young, it seems that your parents will always be there, but they won’t. You think you have plenty of time to get back in touch with your old friends or spend time with new ones, but you don’t. You have the money to spend, or you think you’ll have it next month, but you might not.

Nothing in your life is not guaranteed to be there tomorrow, including those you love.

This is a hard life lesson to learn, but it may be the most important of all: Life can change in an instant. Make sure you appreciate what you have, while you still have it.

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