My last post was on Post Traumatic Growth (PTG) and listed it’s 5 characteristics.

One important thing that I forgot to mention is that the 5 PTG characteristics are the antidotes that offset the research on the 5 regrets of the dying. Do you remember when Paul Harvey said, now for the rest of the story!” Well it’s time for the rest of the story on the characteristics of PTG as the antidotes.

Once again referencing the Ted-X of Jane McGonigal, here are the top 5 regrets of the dying based upon the experience of hospice nurse, Susie Steiner:

1. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
2. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
3. I wish I had let myself be happier.
4. I wish I had the courage to express myself.
5. I wish I had live a life true to my dreams instead of what others expected of me.

When I read these it was #3 that personally hit me hard because wishing to be happy every day is a choice. Happiness is a headset that can be modified and realistically sometimes my choices are not very productive! George Ravelling said that he only has 2 choices every morning when he puts his feet on the floor when getting out of bed; that’s to be Happy or Really Happy.

I love these 2 choices and it’s time to add these to my morning routine as I have an awful lot to be happy for!

To choosing to be happy! and remembering Paul Harvey!