Luck. What exactly is luck? Is luck being at the right place at the right time? Finding that lucky penny? Always landing on your feet? Finding a four leaf clover? Discovering bird droppings on your shoulder? Whatever your ideas of luck is, research has found that people are divided. Thanks to the research of Dr. Richard Wiseman in collaboration with Dr. Matthew Smith and Dr. Peter Harris, The Luck Project discovered some incredible findings. “The results of this work revealed that people are not born lucky. Instead, lucky people are without realizing it, using four basic principles to create good fortune in their lives.” Look at the following information and ask yourself how you are incorporating these principles into your life.
Principle One: Maximize Chance Opportunities
Lucky people are skilled at creating, noticing, and acting upon chance opportunities. They do this in various ways including networking, adopting a relaxed attitude toward life, and by being open to new experiences.
Principle Two: Listening to Lucky Hunches
Lucky people make effective decisions by listening to their intuition and gut feelings. In addition, they take steps to actively boost their intuitive abilities by, for example, meditating and clearing their mind of other thoughts.
Principle Three: Expect Good Fortune
Lucky people are certain that the future is going to be full of good fortune. These expectations become self-fulfilling prophecies by helping lucky people persist in the face of failure and shape their interactions with others in a positive way.
Principle Four: Turn Bad Luck into Good
Lucky people employ various psychological techniques to cop with wand often even thrive upon, the ill fortune that comes their way. For example, they spontaneously imagine how things could have been worse, do not dwell on the ill fortune, and take control of the situation.
Evaluate how you approach the everyday. Do you utilize these lucky people strategies? Perhaps take some time to see how you could increase your own luck even if it is just lucky to say luck a lot. If so I just may be the lucky one today. Luck (just one more).
“Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: hard work- and realizing what opportunity is and what isn’t.”– Lucille Ball
Written by Emily Carlson, MA
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