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December 22nd, 2003

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06:44 pm - If you can't be good, hey, be lucky
It's remarkably frequent that when I promise (either to the world or to myself) that I'm going to do something particular in my next post, events overtake me and I end up postponing the promised post for something which crops up in the short-term.

Extremely cool: The Luck Factor, a study of people who self-define as lucky or unlucky and an analysis of the factors which may drive it. The BBC article has a neat executive summary.

There are two reasons why I am particularly impresed. The first is that the book and the associated movement is clear about what it doesn't claim to the same extent as what it does; specifically, that the four tips won't - can't - make you luckier, but that they will help your positivity and the way in which you reflect upon the events that have happened so that you recognise the ways in which you were lucky. The second is that the four tips to improve your luck - all good common sense - are distributed freely to all. So here they are:
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 the ill fortune, and take control of the situation.
So perhaps more "A Slightly Scientific Practical Guide to Optimism" than a study of luck, but that's by no means a bad thing.

The last lucky thing I did was going to visit fruufoo yesterday evening to cheer an evening up; the course of the evening gave me a good opportunity to get a secret off my chest that I've been hiding for years, which I had never told anyone vocally before and had only told one person by e-mail. So perhaps I really will feel confident enough to talk about it to more people in person or on LiveJournal soon.
Current Mood: lucky, lucky, lucky
Current Music: best game show opening sequence yet: Luuuuuucky Numbers!

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Date:January 8th, 2004 07:24 pm (UTC)
This is absolutely fascinating. It seems like there's a delicate link between psychology and chance that makes someone feel like they are consistently lucky or unlucky, but the difference is in their psychology rather than in chance.

I'm really enjoying your journal, so I added you to my friends list. Hello!
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Date:January 9th, 2004 02:21 am (UTC)
Aaaaaaand this week we'll be saying hello to randomknowledge.


You need to be British and have obscure TV comedy knowledge to get that one, but it's funny if you do. Honest. :-)

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