Get Lucky

I have taken this article with the kind permission of Professor Richard Wiseman.  I think these four principles are a great way for us to maximise our ‘human luck’.

In Chinese philosophy we believe that there are three types of luck that influence our life:

Heaven luck– our astrology: the planetary alignment at our time of our birth and how that shapes our life. And the family we are born into and how they nurture and influence us.

Human luck– our attitude towards life, our motivation and drive and the effort we put into developing our future.

Earth luck– the energy of  our environment and the impact that has on our life. Earth luck is feng shui.

Remember we all have control over our human luck and our earth luck, therefore, 66% of our luck is in our control.

The Four Principles

by Professor Richard Wiseman

Professor Wiseman has identified the four basic principles that lucky people use to create good fortune in their lives.

Principle One: Maximise Chance Opportunities
Lucky people are skilled at creating, noticing and acting upon chance opportunities. They do this in various ways, including networking, adopting a relaxed attitude to life and by being open to new experiences.

Principle Two: Listening to Lucky Hunches
Lucky people make effective decisions by listening to their intuition and gut feelings. In addition, they take steps to actively boost their intuitive abilities by, for example, meditating and clearing their mind of other thoughts.

Principle Three: Expect Good Fortune
Lucky people are certain that the future is going to be full of good fortune. These expectations become self-fulfilling prophecies by helping lucky people persist in the face of failure, and shape their interactions with others in a positive way.

Principle Four: Turn Bad Luck to Good
Lucky people employ various psychological techniques to cope with, and often even thrive upon, the ill fortune that comes their way. For example, they spontaneously imagine how things could have been worse, do not dwell on ill fortune, and take control of the situation.

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