Make your own luck!

Ex­perts re­veal the sim­ple habits that set you up for suc­cess

First For Women - - Contents -

It’s YOUR turn to live a charmed life!

That friend who al­ways snags the best park­ing space, the cousin with the for­tu­itous meet-cute story, the co­worker who is al­ways win­ning 50/50 raf­fles and ra­dio con­tests… the charmed peo­ple we know make us wish for their se­cret to serendip­ity. But luck is just ran­dom and out­side of our con­trol, right?

Not so, as­serts psy­chother­a­pist Mel Schwartz, au­thor of The Pos­si­bil­ity Prin­ci­ple. “You can bring more good for­tune into your life. Op­por­tu­ni­ties are al­ways there, but you have to first re­move the blin­ders block­ing your view.” Th­ese “blin­ders” might in­clude things like the time pres­sure of a busy day, when Schwartz says you could be hur­ry­ing down the street and check­ing your phone, only to miss a chance con­nec­tion with an old friend or a new ac­quain­tance.

In fact, re­search at the Univer­sity of Hert­ford­shire in Eng­land found that lucky peo­ple tend to be more at­tuned to their sur­round­ings. In one ex­per­i­ment, par­tic­i­pants had to count the num­ber of pho­tos in a news­pa­per. Folks who self-iden­ti­fied as “lucky” were more likely than their less-charmed peers to spot a large ad half­way through that read: “Stop count­ing. Tell the ex­per­i­menter you have seen this and win $250.”

Says Schwartz, “By open­ing up to new ways of think­ing and widen­ing your gaze, you can learn to get out of your own way and see the op­por­tu­ni­ties that are right in front of you.”

To un­cover more luck in your own life, read on for the ex­pert tips that’ll put you on a win­ning streak in no time.

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