Ever had a run of bad luck? It feels like the world is actively conspiring against you.
Ever wonder if you can improve your luck? And I don’t mean with voodoo or magic crystals. Turns out somebody has done scientific research on luck. (His excellent YouTube channel is here.)Richard studied over 1000 people.
Richard Wiseman is a professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire and the bestselling author of many books including: Luck Factor. (His excellent YouTube channel is here.)
“One woman reported having 8 car accidents in one 150 mile journey. She was also unlucky in love. After joining a dating agency, her first date fell off his motorcycle and broke his leg. The second date walked into a glass door and broke his nose. Eventually she met her future husband and the church they were going to get married in burned down the day before the wedding.”
Ouch. Can you change your luck? Yes, you can. Here’s Richard:
“What the work shows as a whole is that people can change their luck. Luck is not something paranormal in nature. It’s something that we are creating by our thoughts and behavior.”
Richard ran a series of experiments he called “Luck School” and taught unlucky people how to act more like lucky people do. The result?
Via Luck Factor:
In total, 80 percent of people who attended Luck School said that their luck had increased. On average, these people estimated that their luck had increased by more than 40 percent.
And not only were they luckier afterward, tests results showed they were also happier.
Okay, so you don’t want the church to burn down before your wedding day. Want to go to “Luck School”? Here’s what Richard said about how you can get lucky…
1) Maximize Opportunities
It makes intuitive sense: if you lock yourself in your house, how many exciting, serendipitous things are going to happen to you? Not many.
In his book Luck Factor, Richard wrote: “Lucky people create, notice, and act upon the chance opportunities in their lives.” Here’s Richard:
“Lucky people just try stuff. Unlucky people suffered from paralysis by analysis. They wouldn’t do anything until they walked through every single angle and by then the world had moved on. They don’t gain the benefits of learning through doing. I’m a big fan of starting small, trying lots of projects, seeing what works and what doesn’t, and iterating based on feedback.”
Certain personality types are luckier because they tend to create scenarios that maximize opportunities and thereby increase luck. Who is more lucky?
– People who are extroverted: More time with others, more interesting possibilities.
– People who aren’t neurotic: Tense, anxious people are less likely to notice and take advantage of opportunities.
– People who are open to new experiences: If you resist the new, you’re probably not going to have many interesting things happen.
And research shows that the old saying is true: “You regret most the things you did not do.” Over time, we tend to rationalize our failures. But we cannot rationalize away those things we never tried at all.
So keep trying new things. If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always gotten.
Okay, so you’re doing more stuff. Great. But what about when it comes time to make decisions? What can we learn from lucky people?
2) Listen To Hunches
Lucky people act on their intuitions across many areas of their lives.
Via Luck Factor:
Almost 90 percent of lucky people said that they trusted their intuition when it came to personal relationships, and almost 80 percent said it played a vital role in their career choices… About 20 percent more lucky than unlucky people used their intuition when it came to making important financial decisions, and over 20 percent more used their intuition when thinking about their career choices.
And intuition isn’t magic. Research has shown it’s often valid. Here’s Richard:
“What intuition seems to be most of the time is when you’ve got expertise in the area, that somehow the body and the brain have detected a pattern that you haven’t consciously seen… When we were talking to our lucky people they would often say, “If I get a gut feeling about something I stop and consider it.” Even when unlucky people got those feelings, they didn’t follow them because they didn’t know where they came from. They were anxious about the world.”
Want to increase luck in your life? Go with your gut more often.
So what mindset should you take toward life if you want a visit from Lady Luck?