Research that’s Hilarious – Luck May Be a Skill #science #selfhelp #psychology

Seven Lucky Gods with Lucky CatI’m smart in a school-smart way. Always got good grades. But if I could choose, I’d rather be lucky than smart. Well, okay – there have been times I’d rather be pretty, but lucky’s a good choice too. Today’s post wanders into self-help. Learn to be lucky.

Wiseman provided a group of volunteers with a newspaper and instructed them to count the photographs inside.

Written in large font on half of the second page was this message: “Stop counting—there are 43 photographs in this newspaper.” A similar insert placed halfway through the paper read, “Stop counting, tell the experimenter you have seen this and win $250.”

Overall, the self-identified unlucky participants were left counting. It suggested that luck could have something to do with spotting opportunities, even when they were unexpected.

The researcher created a class to teach people to become luckier and it worked for most students. One assignment was to talk to at least one new person every week, because you won’t find new opportunities if you’re stuck in a rut.

As another luck-researcher says, anxiety literally narrows your perception and you just don’t see opportunity.

One of the factors that sets lucky people apart from the unlucky is how they ‘create, notice, and act upon the chance opportunities in their lives.’

You can teach your kids, and yourself, how to be luckier.

Reports in the popular press often take research out of context and leave out the ifs, ands, and buts. So  I offer no guarantees. But, maybe, here’s research you can use.

2 thoughts on “Research that’s Hilarious – Luck May Be a Skill #science #selfhelp #psychology

  1. This is really interesting and I’ve got to think on it, my first thought was that this is luck that involves some type of interaction as opposed to walking into a store and buying a lottery ticket. ie: being in the right or wrong (bad luck) place at the right time. And there are people that win lotteries more than one would attribute to chance. I wonder if there is something behind this!? Yes when you think about it, it does seems plausible that your mind set could have an effect in certain situations but then again all this may be outside the notion of luck itself. Luck is not a human trait ??? There is no luck gene??? Still thinking, if I’m lucky I’ll figure this out. Thanks for sharing and good luck to you!

    Liked by 1 person

Please let me know what you think

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.