Washington: More than 50 percent of people are living with the guilt of not having been able to say sorry or even thank you, to someone who they should have acknowledged, a survey has showed.

And 65 percent of those said that they had missed the opportunity or were simply not able to say the words.

The findings of the study found that the over-55s were most likely to get embarrassed when they made amends after many years.

The 25 to 34 age group emerged as the one that was most prepared to apologies late rather than never.

Psychotherapist Lynn Greenwood told the Daily Express said that saying sorry often helped people move on from what can become a festering guilt or resentment.

She said that by expressing gratitude, people get pleasure of passing on a small part of their joy.

The study was done for Wall to Wall Television, which is making 'The Gift' for the BBC, a programme that gives people a chance to say sorry or thank you to someone from their past.


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