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Managing regret

Oliver Burkeman helps us reflect on life decisions that were not right for us, and learn from them for the future

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The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard had a downbeat approach to regret: ‘Marry and you will regret it; don’t marry, you will also regret it; marry or don’t marry, you will regret it either way.’ But he had a point. It often seems as if regret is inescapable, and some of it probably is. But, by understanding what kind of choices you regret the most, and why, you can build a life that you will look back on with satisfaction.

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