Are you feeling lucky? If not, would you like to be? We could all do with a bit of good luck now again, but if you could make some changes to get more good luck coming your way, would you do it?

Luck may seem like a magical or whimsical concept, but in fact, according to science, there is such thing a thing as ‘luck’. Not only can people be regularly ‘lucky’ but there are actually some small day-to-day changes you can make to turn your luck around and become a much luckier person.

So, here are some changes you can make in your life right now to improve your luck…

Try to relax

Psychologist Richard Wiseman found out that people who are more relaxed in life tend to be luckier! “Lucky people are skilled at creating, noticing and acting upon chance opportunities,” Richard said, “They do this in various ways, including networking, adopting a relaxed attitude to life, and by being open to new experiences.”


Trust your instincts

Back to Richard Wiseman again, who on the subject of good luck, also noted that lucky people trust their gut instinct and made decisions based on their intuition up to 90% of the time. So next time you get that nagging feeling in the pit of your stomach? Listen up!


Make brave choices

According to author Carly Jacobs, people who are ‘lucky’ in life, make more decisions based on predictable outcomes. So instead of gambling £1 a week on a lottery ticket, they’ll put that money in a bank. Then, by the end of the year and with interest, they could have nearly £400, whereas odds are the lottery players won’t have won anything. The person with £400 may then be described as ‘lucky’. 


Make friends

Sure you can get lucky on your own, if you walk past a discarded £5 note on the street, but another theory about lucky people is that the more people you know and are friendly with, the luckier you will become. Alain Samson, author of Make Your Own Luck, explains it in more detail:

“On average,a human being knows approximately 250 people. Therefore, when you shake my hand, you run the chance (if you are sympathetic and know to ask me for help) of meeting my approximately 250 contacts. Assuming that these 250 people each know another 250 people, with two handshakes you have now opened yourself up to a potential network of 62,500 people.”



Look for that silver lining

Scientific research shows that you can improve your luck by staying as positive as possible. Apparently lucky people try to find the good in bad situations, and are always on the look out for a ‘silver lining’. What’s that saying? When one door closes, another one opens…


Learn when to walk away

Author Carly Jacobs has written about how lucky people tend to have learnt when to let go. Whether that be walking away from a situation (or person) that isn’t working, or realising when something they are doing isn’t making them happy, and stopping. If there’s something in your life that you are putting your energy into that’s not paying off, don’t complain about it, just let it go, walk away, and move on.


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