Evidence-Based Methods to Become Lucky

In an attempt to dis­cov­er wheth­er there were genu­ine per­son­al­ity traits that sep­ar­ate the lucky from the unlucky, Richard Wise­man stud­ied 400 people over a num­ber of years and dis­covered that there are indeed beha­vi­our­al dif­fer­ences between the lucky and luck­less—and that we can ‘learn’ these traits to improve our luck.

Wise­man states that the lucky “gen­er­ate good for­tune via four basic prin­ciples”:

  • Cre­at­ing and noti­cing chance oppor­tun­it­ies.
  • Mak­ing lucky decisions by listen­ing to their intu­ition.
  • Cre­at­ing self-ful­filling proph­es­ies via pos­it­ive expect­a­tions.
  • Adopt­ing a resi­li­ent atti­tude that trans­forms bad luck into good.

And by real­ising this and fol­low­ing three simple tech­niques, you can improve your luck:

  1. Fol­low your intu­ition and respect hunches in decision mak­ing.
  2. Intro­duce vari­ety into your life.
  3. See the pos­it­ive side of mis­for­tune: ima­gine how things could be worse.

Of the people that fol­lowed this advice, 80% iden­ti­fied improve­ments to their luck and over­all hap­pi­ness.