10 Reasons I Follow My Heart Over My Head & You Should Too

Some people say that it’s important to listen to your head more than your heart when making big decisions, but I wholeheartedly (pun intended) disagree. I won’t argue that it’s important to be rational, but there are plenty of good reasons why I’ve never made an important decision without consulting my heart first.

  1. My heart inspires me to be bold. My mind might hold the steering wheel, but my heart is the one with its foot on the gas. I wouldn’t have accomplished any of my goals if it weren’t for my heart pushing me to step outside my comfort zone and try something that would make me a better person.
  2. I’d rather regret what I did than what I didn’t do. Sure, I could make a pros and cons list about every little decision I’ve ever had to make but where’s the fun in that? I want to live my life passionately and without regret. If I don’t make any mistakes along the way because I was too focused on making smart choices, I’d feel like I’d wasted my life. If you listen to your heart 100% of the time, there’s no way you can live life to the fullest. It’s just not possible.
  3. Life isn’t rational. If it were, it would be so incredibly boring. Life is unpredictable, messy, and downright tragic when it wants to be. But it can also be enlightening, beautiful, and intoxicating. If I were to live rationally all the time, I wouldn’t get the chance to experience all of what life has to offer. I know that means I stand a greater chance of getting hurt, but that’s a chance I’m willing to take.
  4. My heart takes risks that my mind wouldn’t. When it comes to making choices, my heart doesn’t care about the risk involved. All it wants to do is jump in and see what happens, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Life is risky, and I’d rather let myself take chances than play it safe. If you listen to your head, you’ll never venture out of your comfort zone. That’s no way to live.
  5. I’d rather feel than think. I feel everything deeply. It’s just the way I’m wired. I believe that it’s a good thing, too — it makes life that much more meaningful. Thoughts will keep me out of trouble, but being able to truly feel everything that happens to me will get me through the bad times and help me enjoy the good.
  6. My subconscious knows me best. My conscious mind knows a lot about me, but what’s underneath all that are some of the best parts of me. When I listen to my heart, my best qualities tend to shine. They might not always lead me to act logically, but it’s a small price to pay for showing the world the person I am today.
  7. If I use too much of my mind, I’ll just overthink everything. Whenever I try to use my good sense, I overthink the situation. I don’t mean to, but it happens anyway. When I overthink, every situation becomes more anxiety-inducing than it ever needs to be. When I listen to my heart, though, there’s no overthinking involved.
  8. My heart allows me to be true to myself. My mind tells me to do certain things because that’s what’s expected of me, but my heart says, “Screw everyone else’s opinions and do you.” I’m leading an authentic existence, and that’s all thanks to my ability to follow my heart over my mind. If I’m always trying to come from an impartial place, who I am inside will never get to shine through. That would really be a shame, both for myself and my partners.
  9. There’s more to life than rational choices. Sometimes life requires logic and strategy. But if that’s all I used when it came to pursuing my dreams, I wouldn’t get anywhere. Life would be boring without mistakes, and I’ll always prefer to screw up every once in a while if it means getting to enjoy the things that make my heart happy.
  10. I value my emotions. My mind has helped me make some of the best choices of my life, but those experiences would’ve meant nothing to me if my heart didn’t influence me so much. I would never want to sacrifice my emotions at the expense of logic. Love makes me truly happy, and if feeling it means that I don’t always listen to my head, then so be it.
Angelica Bottaro has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Trent University and an Advanced Diploma in Journalism from Centennial College. She began her career as a freelance writer in 2014, racking up bylines in The Good Men Project, MakeWell, LymeTime, YouQueen, and more. She eventually shifted her focus and began writing about mental health, nutrition, and chronic disease for VeryWell Health.

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