The Positive Case for a Negative Emotion

After the emotion of love, regret is the second most common emotion people report feeling. Regret is therefore our single most common negative emotion, and yet an emotion that we can benefit from. In this episode, the celebrated author Daniel H. Pink explains that what we regret also serves as a compass pointing us toward what we value most and want to get right in our lives. What did Pink learn from his global survey that catalogued over 16,000 regrets? That they fit into four categories: connection regrets, boldness regrets, foundation regrets, and moral regrets. Regrets compel us to be better by ideally reflecting on, rather than brooding over, what might have been better and how we can rectify what went wrong. One intriguing take-away from this episode is that you get to hear about Pink’s own Regret Resume, i.e., the two take-away lessons that reflecting on regrets taught him personally.

Released today: episode #95 of my podcast series “Dan Hill’s EQ Spotlight,” featuring Daniel H. Pink discussing The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward. Click on to get to the new episode.

Images of bestselling author Daniel H. Pink and his new book titled "The Power of Regret: How Looking Backwards Moves Us Forward" for Dan Hill's EQ Spotlight Podcast episode 95, titled "The Positive Case for a Negative Emotion". Available on "NewBooks Network."

Daniel H. Pink is the author of the New York Times bestsellers A Whole New Mind, Drive, To Sell Is Human, and When. His books have sold millions of copies and have been translated into 42 languages. His TED talk has been viewed over 38 million times. Daniel hosted the TV series Crowd Control on the National Geographic Channel.

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Dan Hill, PhD, is the president of Sensory Logic, Inc. His latest books, available on Amazon are Emotionomics 2.0: The Emotional Dynamics Underlying Key Business Goals and Blah, Blah, Blah: A Snarky Guide to Office Lingo.