Everyone knows someone who seems to be particularly lucky. That one friend that always wins competitions or seems to breeze through life. It can seem very unfair. However, some would say that you create your own luck through the way you approach life. Are they just good at creating good luck? Let’s face it – everybody would love to win the lottery or hit the jackpot at a Las Vegas casino. Even if you don’t gamble or even if you never play the lottery – chances are you would still like to win a few million pounds!
First, what does the term “lucky” even mean? According to the Cambridge Dictionary, being lucky means “having good things happen to you by chance.” This definition suggests that there is no specific way to generate your own good luck. However, there are certainly ways to put yourself in a better position to feel lucky.
One way to creating good luck is to look for opportunities that may allow this to happen. People who open themselves up to new experiences often find their luck improving. This could be because doing so means you don’t miss positive events or encounters. It may be that by going along to that local reading group or sports club, you are introduced to your future partner or discover your dream job.
Avoiding superstition may sound ironic, as people often believe that by adhering to certain rules, such as not walking under a ladder, they are protecting themselves from bad luck. However, being overly superstitious can make you less open-minded and prone to avoidance. In turn, could cause you to miss experiences that could lead to positive outcomes.
For a superstition, the fear of Friday the 13th seems fairly new, dating back to the late 1800s. Friday has long been considered an unlucky day (according to Christian tradition, Jesus died on a Friday), and 13 has a long history as an unlucky number. Many people will purposely avoid doing anything significant (like business meetings, socials, banquets, etc) due to the belief that the day is cursed and its a source of ill fortune.
To cross one’s fingers is a hand gesture commonly used for good luck. The story goes that two people used to cross index fingers when making a wish, a symbol of support from a friend to the person making the wish. (Anything associated with the shape of the Christian cross was thought to be good luck.) Today however, this has evolved to excuse the telling of a white lies which may have its roots in the belief that the power of the Christian cross may save a person from being sent to hell for telling a lie.
The superstition seems to arise from the belief that mirrors don’t just reflect your image; they hold bits of your soul. That belief led people in the old days of the American South to cover mirrors in a house when someone died, lest their soul be trapped inside.
This superstition finds it’s origin in the middles ages due to the misconstrued belief that single women (usually elderly) who associated themselves with many cats where actually witches who could become cats themselves. Thus a black cat crossing your path could actually be a witch.
Its popularly thought in order to bring good luck and to keep nightmares away, you must hang a horseshoe in the bedroom or on a door knob with its ends pointing upwards. This belief stems from the fact that a horse shoe has seven holes, which is considered to be a lucky number, and is made of iron, so it can supposedly ward off evil spirits that may haunt you in your dreams.
Being lucky can also be linked to reaching for goals that may seem at first unrealistic or particularly challenging. This way, every milestone achieved will feel like luck is on your side, and this, in turn, then leads to more positive thinking. Thinking in a more optimistic way can then allow you to change your mindset, including believing that you are lucky.
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“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay