Make Your Own Luck
It may seem like some people get all the luck, while others never get the breaks they deserve. But is luck really out of your hands?
Dr Richard Wiseman, professor and psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, interviewed people who felt they were unusually lucky or unlucky. He gave both groups of people a newspaper, and asked them to note how many photographs were inside. Meanwhile, he had placed a large message halfway through the newspaper, which read: "Tell the experimenter you have seen this and win 250." This message took up half of the page and was written in type that was more than two inches high. It was staring everyone in the face, but the unlucky people tended to miss it and the lucky people tended to spot it!
Dr Wiseman`s conclusion was that people's thoughts and behaviour are responsible for much of their good or bad fortune. So what does this mean? If luck is a reflection of our psychic state, how can we go about making ourselves luckier? The first step is to deepen our understanding of how luck works on a psychic level.
Anxiety and Self-fulfilling Prophecies
Unlucky people are generally more tense than lucky people, and this anxiety disrupts their ability to notice the unexpected. They miss opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else! For example, an unlucky person might go to a party intent on finding their soul mate, and in meantime they miss opportunities to make good friends. Such a person might look through newspapers determined to find certain types of job advertisements, and therefore miss an unexpected opening. Rigid expectations, and an unwillingness to `go with the flow,` strengthen the sense of being unlucky.
Lucky people, by contrast, are more relaxed and open. They tend to see what is in front of them, even if it isn`t exactly what they were looking for. Dr Wiseman's research found that lucky people generate good fortune via four principles:
- Skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities
- Make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition
- Create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations
- Adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good
Blessings in Disguise
Everyone experiences bad luck at some point during their lives. However, these seemingly unlucky events often have an uncanny way of working out for the best in the long run. When bad things happen, spend a few moments thinking about how the event might be a blessing in disguise, and how you can make good luck flow from your apparent ill-fortune. Luck is all in how you look at it!
- Top tips for becoming lucky
- Listen to your gut instincts - they are normally right
- Be open to new experiences and breaking your normal routine
- Spend a few moments each day remembering things that went well
- Visualise yourself being lucky before an important meeting or telephone call (luck is very often a self-fulfilling prophecy