Any holiday that involves beer and community is popular. This weekend we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. I like to consider myself somewhat of an expert on ‘The Luck of the Irish’. First of all, I’m 100% purebred Irish, born in Dublin to a long line of Emerald Isle inhabitants. I feel I’ve had a lot of “luck” in my life.
We hear a lot about luck in our lives:
“She was really lucky to get that new role.”
“I’m lucky with the way things worked out.”
“It was luck to be in the right place at the right time.”
We think of luck as something that is random, based upon random chances of kindness or circumstances. Science shows differently.
Does luck play a role in your life? I read a terrific book about this subject by Dr. Richard Wiseman: The Luck Factor: The Scientific Study of the Lucky Mind. This book came about as he was curious why some people categorized themselves as “lucky” while others saw themselves as “unlucky.” Which category would you put yourself in? Dr. Wiseman decided to do a research project looking at this question surrounding luck. He examined the lives of over 400 people ranging in age from 18-84 from all walks of life. He discovered 4 qualities that were consistent with those who described themselves as “lucky”:
1. 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 being open to new experiences.
2. Lucky people make effective decisions by paying attention to their intuition and gut feelings. In addition, they take steps to actively boost their intuitive abilities. For example, they meditate and practice spiritual discipline.
3. Lucky people are certain the future is going to be full of good fortune. These expectations become self-fulfilling prophecies because lucky people persist in the face of failure and shape their interactions with others in a positive way.
4. Lucky people employ various psychological and spiritual techniques to cope with (and even thrive upon) the ill fortune that comes their way.
You don’t need an Irish passport to get the “luck” of being Irish. You really just need to practice these 4 principles.
May the luck of the Irish be with you!
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