To be human is to have regrets. There will always be things we wish we hadn't done, events we wish we could undo, words we wish we'd said a little more often. But how can we go about turning those regrets into something positive and productive? If we can't go back in time, what can we do to escape the whirlpool of regret and sadness?
Lucky for us, Clemson University's Robin Kowalski and Annie McCord wondered the same thing. In a recent study — the first of its kind — McCord and Kowalski surveyed hundreds of people about the advice they'd give their younger selves. What they learned is that if we just follow the advice we'd give to our past selves, we'll be closer to our ideal selves.