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Scientists Asked Hundreds of People What Advice They Would Give Their Younger Selves. Here Are the 5 Most Common Answers

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Michelle Obama. Mark Cuban. Jessica Alba. Bill Gates. Get just about any icon in front of a reporter and they'll be asked what advice they wish they could give their younger self. And every single one of them has an answer ready.

That's because we all (even billionaires) have regrets and lessons learned the hard way. But, while the idea that our mature selves have wisdom to share with younger selves is commonplace, no one ever thought to scientifically investigate the phenomenon. Until now.

To get a more scientific sense of what we wish we could tell our younger selves, two Clemson University psychologists, Robin Kowalski and Annie McCord, created a questionnaire about pivotal life moments and the advice we wish we could give ourselves looking back. Hundreds of Americans over 30 took the survey via Amazon Turk.

When the psychologists analyzed the data, they........

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