Are you feeling lucky?
Believing in luck is alive and well. A survey* of 4,000 people found that 86 per cent of us regularly touch wood for good luck, 64 per cent cross our fingers and half of us deliberately avoid walking under a ladder to avoid bad luck. Even 15 per cent of seemingly logical people with a science background admitted they feared the number 13!
But does Lady Luck bestow good fortune on a favoured few, or can we all learn to be lucky? Psychologist Richard Wiseman has identified the four basic principles that lucky people use that we can all emulate to create good fortune in our lives…
Maximise 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 to life and by being open to new experiences.
Listen 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.
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. Visualise yourself being lucky before an important meeting or telephone call.
Turn bad luck to good
Lucky people employ various psychological techniques to cope with, and 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 ill fortune and take control of the situation to their advantage.
*Survey by British Association for the Advancement of Science