Tap into the power of a tal­is­man

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Still, it can be tough to get those worst-case sce­nar­ios out of your head. The sim­ple so­lu­tion? Rely on a good­luck charm, like your lucky pen, as you com­plete the ap­pli­ca­tion. In a study pub­lished in the jour­nal Psy­cho­log­i­cal Sci­ence, golfers who played with a “lucky” ball per­formed 35 per­cent bet­ter than their coun­ter­parts, who played us­ing “nor­mal” balls. Why?

The study au­thors found that the mere sug­ges­tion of magic boosted the play­ers’ con­fi­dence, in­spir­ing them to set higher goals for them­selves and try harder. “Your thoughts and be­liefs im­pact re­al­ity and con­struct your ex­pe­ri­ence,” ex­plains Schwartz. “The lucky charm in and of it­self doesn’t guar­an­tee re­sults, but your be­lief that it’s go­ing to im­prove your chances can heighten your goals and help you do bet­ter.”

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