Looking to improve your luck?

Surprisingly, many of us are. A ‘Superstition Survey’ by Prof Richard Wiseman in 2003 revealed that 77% of us are at least a little bit superstitious, whether that be avoiding walking under ladders, or feeling a little nervous on Friday 13th.

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According to science, there is such thing as ‘luck’, but it is 20% statistical ‘chance’ and the rest apparently is just adjusting your habits or implementing some small day-to-day changes to makes sure you’re in the right place, at the right time, to ‘get lucky’ [cue Daft Punk].

So, here are seven things you can do right now to improve your luck…

Take some time to chill out

Not only do we all need some down time to rest and relax after a busy day, but psychologist Richard Wiseman found out that people who are more relaxed in life tend to be luckier! “Lucky people are skilled at creating, noticing and acting upon chance opportunities,” Richard said, “They do this in various ways, including networking, adopting a relaxed attitude to life, and by being open to new experiences.”

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Be instinctive

Still on the subject of what scientifically will improve your luck, Richard Wiseman also noted that lucky people trust their gut instinct and made decisions based on their intuition up to 90% of the time. So next time you get that nagging feeling in the pit of your stomach? Listen up!

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Take (calculated) risks

According to author Carly Jacobs, people who are ‘lucky’ in life, make more decisions based on predictable outcomes. So instead of gambling £1 a week on a lottery ticket, they’ll put that money in a bank. Then, by the end of the year and with interest, they could have nearly £400, whereas odds are the lottery players won’t have won anything. The person with £400 may then be described as ‘lucky’. 

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Try to be optimistic

In another scientific experiment, researchers found out that people who were lucky both hoped and expected that good things would happen to them. So instead of looking at the weather report for your next holiday and commiserating about the fact it forecasts rain, just hope that it will be sunny and expect the weather to improve. Fingers crossed!

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Meet and greet

Sure you can get lucky on your own, if you walk past a discarded £5 note on the street, but another theory about lucky people is that the more people you know and are friendly with, the luckier you will become. Alain Samson, author of Make Your Own Luck, explains it in more detail:

“On average,a human being knows approximately 250 people. Therefore, when you shake my hand, you run the chance (if you are sympathetic and know to ask me for help) of meeting my approximately 250 contacts. Assuming that these 250 people each know another 250 people, with two handshakes you have now opened yourself up to a potential network of 62,500 people.”

Woah!

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Be positive

Scientific research shows that you can improve your luck by being positive, as lucky people try to find the good in bad situations, and are always on the look out for a ‘silver lining’.

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Learn when to stop

Author Carly Jacobs also points out that lucky people have learnt when to let go, and walk away from a situation (or person) that isn’t working for them or making them happy. If there’s something in your life that you are putting your energy into that’s not paying off, don’t complain about it, just let it go and move on.

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Original post: distractify.com