There's a moment from nearly a decade ago that's still on loop in Laura Ogden's mind. When Laura plays back this mental video, she imagines an alternate ending. A happier ending.
There's a technical name for this kind of thinking: A counterfactual.
A counterfactual is a mental simulation where you think about something that happened, and then imagine an alternate ending.
Kathleen Vohs, a professor at the University of Minnesota, says we come up with counterfactuals all the time.