What hurts more than those pangs of regret? It’s one of the worst feelings in the world, right?
But I’ve got a surprise for you — regret can be a good thing. In fact, sometimes you enjoy it. Sound crazy?
When researchers asked people to score the upside of many different emotions, regret actually beat out pride.
Both regret and disappointment, however, scored much more favorably than anger, guilt, or sadness, surpassing even pride, a positive emotion— showing that individuals do see a value in regret.
Why? Even though it’s very unpleasant, we see value in regret. We can learn from it.
But can’t we learn without the godawful nagging pain? That’s the real question. And the answer is we can.
But we need to understand how regret works before we can beat it…
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