66 – The Top Five Regrets of the Dying – Do Not Let These Happen to You!

Bronnie Ware, an Australian nurse spent several years caring for patients in the final weeks of their lives. She recorded their dying epiphanies and put her observations into a book called “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.” In this episode, Dr. Dave and Yoko reveal what these regrets are and teach you how to avoid EVER saying that you had these regrets!


1) I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself and not what other people expected of me. There are many people out there that are living a life that their parents want them to live, their friends want them to live, society wants them to live, etc. There are times in our lives where we tend to “go with the program” just because it is the way it has always been done. Decide to live your life the way you want to and not how everyone else wants you to. Being true to yourself is not being selfish. Live the life you want to live!

2) I wish I hadn’t worked so hard. Every male patient surveyed by the author admitted to this regret. These days both men and women are working so hard that they are missing important milestones in their loved ones lives. Maybe they missed their kid’s growing up or missed having a stronger relationship with their spouse. This doesn’t mean to quit your job tomorrow but instead to make an effort to allow yourself the time to be with loved ones. Many time we work ourselves very hard so that we can achieve status symbols that we think will make us happy. But do you really need to have the biggest house or the newest car? It is great to have a strong work ethic and to work hard but it is easy to lose focus on your priorities.

3) I wish I had the courage to express my feelings. Many people suppress their feelings in order to keep peace with others. Not being true to yourself is very dangerous and can lead to stress and stress related health issue. Don’t be afraid to say what you mean and mean what you say. Don’t go out of your way to hurt other people’s feelings but be sure to speak up for yourself in a truthful way.

4) I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.The patients surveyed would not always realize the benefits of old friends until their last weeks and often it was difficult to track them down. Sometimes people can become so caught up in their lives they let “golden” friendships slip by over the years. Make an effort to stay in close touch with your friends even if it’s through an occasional email message or card. Life should never be too busy to stay in touch with your friends. Don’t let too much time go by before reaching out to them.

5) I wish that I had let myself be happier. Most people do not realize until it’s too late that happiness is a choice. They stay stuck in old patterns simply because of the fear of change. The believed they were content but deep within but they desired to live properly and once again truly enjoy themselves. If you are in that situation, stop faking it and living a false life. Make a change and truly be happy. Remember to believe in yourself. You are special!


Your assignment right now is to write down at least one regret that you have. Once you do that, figure out a way to make the change so that you no longer have that regret.


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