The Top Five Crocodile Tears of the Dying


In 2011 Bronnie Ware, a former palliative care nurse, published a book in which she detailed the five most frequent regrets of those she cared for in the final stages of their lives[1]. So what would people on their death-beds do differently if they had their lives to live all over again? Hazard a guess. My suspicion is that you will readily sympathise with the five most popular sentiments because these are among the things today’s robustly-healthy already regret.
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The Importance of Attention III: Charitable giving

When we buy things in order to make us happy, the question we should ask first is not how much we like it or how much it costs, but whether it will keep our attention once it is in regular daily use. If it cannot hold our attention, the liking or the price will not matter.  The same applies if we spend money to avoid things we do not like. The degree to which something brings us displeasure does not depend on how nasty it is, or even how long it remains nasty, but on how often the nastiness has our attention. We can see an example of this in the spending patterns of the poor. Continue reading