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Stop Worrying

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What’s the most common regret for older Zoomers? When Dr. Karl A. Pillemer started asking that question, he expected the answer would be life-altering situations like addiction or extramarital affairs. In 2004 the Cornell University Professor created The Legacy Project, an effort to collect advice and wisdom from America’s oldest citizens. But when the 1200 participants in the study reflected on the biggest regret of their life … the overwhelming response was that they spent too much time worrying. In fact, many people told him that if they were given a single “do-over” in life, they would like to take back all the time they spent fretting about the future.

A common explanation was that worrying won’t solve anything, and ends up being an enormous waste of time in a life that is too short and precious. The elders suggested that training ourselves to reduce or eliminate worrying would be the single most positive step anyone can make toward greater happiness.

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