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I am an exceptionally lucky person. People tell me all the time that I lead a charmed life, and I admit, I’ve had my fair share of lucky breaks. But I just read this fascinating article about luck being less about some mystical power more about my skills of observation, a love of novelty, and an open mind.

You can read the full article online: Be Lucky, It’s an Easy Skill to Learn.

Some of the best excerpts:

“[The researcher] gave both (self-labeled) lucky and unlucky people a newspaper, and asked them to look through it and tell him how many photographs were inside. The second page of the newspaper contained the message: “Stop counting. There are 43 photographs in this newspaper.” This message took up half of the page and was written in type that was more than 2in high. It was staring everyone straight in the face, but the unlucky people tended to miss it and the lucky people tended to spot it.”

“Personality tests revealed that unlucky people are generally much more tense than lucky people, and research has shown that anxiety disrupts people’s ability to notice the unexpected.”

And so it is with luck – unlucky people miss chance opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else. They go to parties intent on finding their perfect partner and so miss opportunities to make good friends. They look through newspapers determined to find certain types of job advertisements and as a result miss other types of jobs. Lucky people are more relaxed and open, and therefore see what is there rather than just what they are looking for.

“My research revealed that lucky people generate good fortune via four basic principles:

  1. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities;
  2. Make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition;
  3. Create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations;
  4. Adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.”

“I asked a group of lucky and unlucky volunteers to spend a month carrying out exercises designed to help them think and behave like a lucky person. These exercises helped them spot chance opportunities, listen to their intuition, expect to be lucky, and be more resilient to bad luck.[...] The results were dramatic: 80 per cent of people were now happier, more satisfied with their lives and, perhaps most important of all, luckier. While lucky people became luckier, the unlucky had become lucky.”

IT CAN BE TAUGHT! I love the thought that a few simple changes can alter the way you see your life and, ultimately, perhaps alter the course of your life altogether! On to luckier days, everyone…

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