10 Important Questions for Happier Living

Updated: Sep 1, 2021

If your life were to end tomorrow have you absolutely made the most of the opportunities you’ve had?

In 2009 a palliative care nurse called Bronnie Ware wrote an interesting on-line article in which she shared the most common regrets of the dying people she had cared for. They were as follows:

I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

I wish that I had let myself be happier.

We all know that we’re going to die one day but we keep ourselves busy and do our best to distract ourselves from facing this inevitable truth. Yet death is probably our greatest teacher and the wishes of the dying can offer us the most important insights into living the best possible life we can.

1. Are you mindfully making important life choices which mean that you’re living a life true to yourself or are you habitually settling for the easiest options?

2. If you had the courage to live more purposefully and meaningfully what would you do differently?

3. Do you work too hard?