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 lucklessâ€”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:
- Follow your intuition and respect hunches in decision making.
- Introduce variety into your life.
- 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.