100 Things You’ll Never Regret Doing

  1. Eat a healthy meal.
  2. Keep a secret.
  3. Send a thank-you note.
  4. Give away half of your clothes.
  5. Hike a new trail.
  6. Offer an apology.
  7. Recycle.
  8. Refrain from gossip.
  9. Write a poem.
  10. Refuse to do a thing which is wrong.
  11. Pick strawberries.
  12. Overcome an addiction.
  13. Ride bike with a 7-year old.
  14. Kiss your spouse.
  15. Give a nice wedding gift.
  16. Bring fresh flowers into your home.
  17. Exercise.
  18. Read To Kill a Mockingbird.
  19. Subscribe to Zen Habits.
  20. Call an old friend.
  21. Forgive a past hurt.
  22. Take a day off.
  23. Visit the beach.
  24. Cultivate spirituality.
  25. Say “thank-you.”
  26. Take a picture.
  27. Find a job you love.
  28. Retell a funny joke.
  29. Develop more patience.
  30. Hand write a letter.
  31. Order dessert on a date.
  32. Say “I love you.”
  33. Take the stairs.
  34. Have a tea party with your daughter.
  35. Tip generously.
  36. Ask a grandparent about their childhood.
  37. Stop a scandal.
  38. Take a hot bath.
  39. Drink a glass of water.
  40. Become an early-riser.
  41. Wave to a child.
  42. Say a prayer.
  43. Learn your mail carrier’s name.
  44. Smile.
  45. Find your passion.
  46. Get a routine check-up.
  47. Donate to charity.
  48. Encourage a teenager.
  49. Be optimistic.
  50. Learn to cook.
  51. Turn off the television.
  52. Add ribbon to a present.
  53. Pay for someone’s drink.
  54. Remove unnecessary possessions.
  55. Visit an art museum.
  56. Laugh at yourself.
  57. Learn a second language.
  58. Stay faithful to your partner.
  59. Buy local produce.
  60. Withhold a lie.
  61. Meditate.
  62. Break up a fight.
  63. Meet your neighbors.
  64. Rock a baby to sleep.
  65. Practice yoga.
  66. Know your child’s friends.
  67. Log off the internet.
  68. Get out of debt.
  69. Save money.
  70. Hear both sides of an argument.
  71. Get your next book from the library.
  72. Show kindness to the elderly.
  73. Identify your values.
  74. Eat outside.
  75. Be more grateful.
  76. Appreciate classical music.
  77. Don’t send e-mails in anger.
  78. Dry your clothes on a clothesline.
  79. Compliment a stranger.
  80. Increase your self-confidence.
  81. Buy lemonade from a child’s stand.
  82. Bring your lunch to work.
  83. Clean the kitchen.
  84. Give up soda.
  85. Get trained in CPR.
  86. Declutter a drawer.
  87. Eat like the locals.
  88. Listen.
  89. Do your homework.
  90. Help a boy or girl find themselves.
  91. Have breakfast.
  92. Look people in the eye when you speak.
  93. Look people in the eye when they speak.
  94. Make a new friend.
  95. Build a sand castle.
  96. Share a recipe.
  97. Provide clean drinking water.
  98. Worry less.
  99. Read to a small child.
  100. Become a minimalist.
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  1. Greg T. says

    For your next 100

    – get out of debt
    – hug your spouse
    – Help a single mom with yard or car maintenance
    – anonomously pay for a soldier’s meal at a restaurant
    – give a huge tip (> 50%) to a deserving waiter or waitress

    • Julia says

      Great idea to help a single mom with yard or car maintenance, but I would add single women who are not moms, especially if they’re middle-aged or older. As a 5’1 47 year old woman, there are things I’m not strong enough to do, and my father, bless his heart, can’t help me any more. Unmarried, childless women don’t necessarily have as many social contacts as women with children.

      I LOVE your idea of pay for a soldier’s meal at a restaurant.

  2. says

    what a lovely list! i like greg t.’s addenda, too. i will add:

    *grow a garden–even if it’s in one flowerpot
    *have afternoon tea
    *cuddle a pet

  3. says

    * smile at a stranger
    * go on vacation (take much needed rest)

    I think that when we strive to do what’s right, we end up with lets regrets in life. When we get that little voice inside that says that we should do what we’re doing, we should pay attention to it. This voice aids in helping us to alleviate regret.

    Such a great list! Thanks for sharing!

  4. prufock says

    Nice list. I HAVE actually regretted a few things out of the 100 (not many), but I think the intention is right.

  5. says

    Wow, it really is the little things (and the hard things).

    Thanks for the list, what a great reminder of what is important in our lives.

    However, #82 “Bring your lunch to work.” I have regretted, on free company BBQ day, my egg salad went rotten.

  6. Kassie says

    Love the list..I would add next to the learn another language…experience another culture..through travel/experience…ride the bus…meet people that are not in your neighborhood.

  7. Michell says

    Feed someone else’s parking meter.
    Smile understandingly at parents of small fussy children.
    Shake someone’s hand.
    Donate books you’ve read to the library.
    Be generous with time, attention, and affection.
    Let someone go ahead of you in traffic or in line.
    Open doors for others.

  8. chermaine cerniglia says

    great food for the soul !!!!!!!!

    Pay the the tolls for the car in back of you enjoy the smiles and the bewilderment .

  9. says

    Im currently in the process of doing number 24!

    Hours of working out in the gym followed by more hours of relaxing music and meditation… Eventually I might get some guidance for my spirit!

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