“…We often associate regret with old age – the tragic image of an elderly person feeling regretful over opportunities forever missed. Now, groundbreaking new brain research shows how this stereotype may be true, at least for a portion of the elderly who are depressed. On the other hand, healthy aging may involve the ability to regulate regret in the brain, and move on emotionally when there is nothing more that can be done… An exciting implication of this study is that brain functioning does not merely deteriorate in old age, but that aging can result in better emotion-regulation and stress management…”
Can Mindfulness help?
The researchers are now working on developing interventions to help depressed people regulate regret by showing them how much chance or outside factors played a role in their choices, versus their own actions. This should result in decreased self-blame and regret.
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.
Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy can contribute to help you achieve a state of mindfulness like the one described here.
- How to Age Well (livasperiklis.com)
- Brain scans reveal differences in regret as people age (medicalxpress.com)
- ‘No Regrets’ Outlook May Make for Sunnier Old Age (news.health.com)
- The Neuroscience of Emotions (learningwithscience.wordpress.com)