Do you believe that some people are just lucky or that you can create your own luck? I have to admit that for a long time I felt it was the former, in that some people were just luckier than others, but the more that I've read around the subject of luck, the more there is pointing to the suggestion that we can create our own luck.
How you can increase your luck
Psychologist Dr. Matthew Smith, is a leading researcher in the field of luck and is currently carrying out a research project called Go Luck Yourself. Dr. Smith is looking into whether luck can be created and if so, are there any specific actions that people can take to create their own luck. Early findings from his research suggest that there may be five actions that people can take to increase their luck experiences. Dr Smith is proposing that these five tips can indeed attract good luck:
- Embrace luck -- there are many uncertainties in life and unplanned or unexpected events that happen to us. These can be major or minor events and the challenge is to acknowledge that these events are down to luck, whether that be good or bad luck, and to embrace what happens
An upward spiral of luck
Having applied these five tips myself over a period of time, I observed that I did seem to experience more instances of luck and also that I was feeling more optimistic and happier about events in my life. Was this due to great awareness of good luck experiences and that I was focusing more on when good luck came my way more than instances of bad luck? Could it be that, similar to Dr. Barbara Fredrickson's Broaden and Build Theory of Positive Emotions, there may be a Broaden and Build Theory of Luck, whereby the more instances of luck we experience, then exponentially our luck will increase? I can't answer this question, along with whether we can create our own luck, but I know a man who can! This is why I can't wait to read Dr. Smith's luck research project findings.
In the meantime, Go Luck Yourself!