The trouble with aiming to always do the right thing is that it doesn’t apply to a majority of situations we encounter everyday.
Every once a while, we may encounter a situation where we know exactly what the right thing is. But, more often than not, it is unclear what we ought to optimize for and for what time frame.
A better approach, then, is to aim to do the thoughtful thing. It is a great approach to minimize regret and maximize peace as it means we’ve done the best with what we know. When we know better, we will do better.
And, besides, it turns out that the right thing is just the cumulative result of one thoughtful decision after another.