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Apr 25, 2023

Daniel Pink visits Google to discuss his book "The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward.” The book demonstrates the transforming power of our most misunderstood yet potentially most valuable emotion: regret.

Everybody has regrets. They’re a universal and healthy part of being human. Understanding how regret works can help us make smarter decisions, perform better at work and school, and bring greater meaning to our lives. Drawing on research in social psychology, neuroscience, and biology, Daniel debunks the myth of the “no regrets” philosophy of life. Using the largest sampling of American attitudes about regret ever conducted and his own World Regret Survey, he lays out the four core categories of regrets that each of us has - foundational, boldness, moral, and connection regrets. Packed with true stories of people's regrets and practical takeaways for reimagining regret as a positive force, The Power of Regret shows how we can live richer, more engaged lives.

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