Study: Love is the leading source of regret among Americans

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All those romantic comedies were telling you the truth, apparently: a recent study from the Kellogg School of Management and the University of Illinois has found that adult Americans have more regrets concerning love than any other parts of their lives. As you can see in the chart, 18.1% of adults considered romance to be their strongest source of regret, with family, education, and career also making strong showings.

So what fascinating insights on regret did the study reveal? Basically, you will always be full of regrets, no matter what:

“We found that one’s life circumstances, such as accomplishments or shortcomings, inject considerable fuel into the fires of regret,” [Professor Neal] Roese said. “Although regret is painful, it is an essential component of the human experience.”

How uplifting. But self, it should be noted, was the last on the list of regretted things. So even if you're pissed that you never got up the courage to ask Lizzy to the homecoming dance, at least you probably feel pretty good about yourself. (Ha, sorry, that's actually not guaranteed at all by the results of this study, I just didn't want this post to be a total downer.)