The Science of Creating Good Luck

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Do you find reasons to be happy every day?

It can be as simple as seeing the first crocus after a long hard winter.

And the sun shining brightly while you’re out for a walk.

Or that the repair on your car turned out be minor and less expensive than you’d anticipated.

Feeling happy over the little things we notice during our day increases our happiness overall.

Right now, I’m happy that I’m working from home today and because of this was able to meditate for an extra half hour this morning.

As a result of the extra meditation I’m more relaxed and my writing is flowing easily. What could be better than that? I’m doing a little jig of joy over it right now!

Positive thinkers are luckier people

You might think these are small and insignificant things, but according to studies on luck positive thinkers lead luckier lives. I may not have won the lottery – yet – but, overall I feel pretty fortunate most of the time.

There’s a saying that goes something like this, “If you looked at another person’s life and had to choose between their problems and your own – you’d take yours every time.” It’s true. My life may not be perfect, but compared to other people’s it’s pretty good.

The Four traits of lucky people

Professor Richard Wiseman wrote a great book on the subject titled, The Luck Factor. In it he discusses the four basic principles to creating good fortune. Wiseman says that becoming a luckier person is only a matter of changing our thinking.

Try incorporating Wiseman’s four characteristics of a lucky person into your life, and then see what happens. I’ll bet you’ll find that you become luckier overall.

Sniff out Serendipity

People who seem to be “born” lucky have a knack for manifesting fortunate opportunities, also known as serendipity. They’re open-minded about experiencing new things, meeting new people and less rigid about deviating from their set schedules. These relaxed types seem to see opportunity where others overlook it and jump at the chance to act upon it.

Follow Your Gut

People with the “luck-factor” are tuned into their intuition. They trust their gut when making decisions. Lucky people also incorporate activities that develop their intuition into their daily lives such as meditation and relaxation techniques.

Expect the Best!

The lucky personality types always walk on the sunny side of the street. They believe that everything will always turn out right no matter what. By having an expectation of good fortune they attract and manifest these positive circumstances in their lives just like a “self-fulfilling prophecy.”

Make Lemonade

You know the old saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade?” That’s what these natural lucky types do. They don’t go to pity parties. They perceive their reality through a positive lens so even if something bad happens they see the silver lining in the situation. They’ll even point out that it could have been much worse and thank “their lucky stars” is wasn’t.

Do you recognize any of these traits in yourself?

I hope so.

If not, check out the resources I’ve listed for you here and put them into practice to change your life and generate all the good fortune you deserve.

Retrain your brain for positive thinking.

Focus on your beliefs.

Learn to tune into your gut.

Read up on how intuition works.

Good Luck!

I’m on my way out the door to buy a lottery ticket…

Do you think of yourself as lucky? Are you using any of these principles? If not how will you incorporate these principles into your life?

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  1. Elaine Huff

    Good for you!! Blessed.

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  2. Lucky 2 B YOU :D

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    • Angela Artemis

      HI Kara,
      So nice to meet you. I’m glad you stopped by.
      I love your adorable note. Thank you!

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  3. Hey Angela!
    I really enjoyed this work of yours! I can sense the fact that you were calm and relaxed when writing it because it read so easily :)

    I am truly proud and happy to say that for the most part these 4 are par to my personality. I’m not going to lie, sometimes I let the pity party get the best of me in terms of me just being too hard on myself. But I also knock myself out of it!

    A HUGE part of it is all about outlook..about walkking on the sunny side of the street. If you think positively and also remember that whatever happens its happening because it’s meant to, and be it good or bad, you’ll learn from it. It’s so much about perception and reaction!

    Thanks for sharing this Angela!

    Heres to Serendipity!
    Lauren :)
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    • Angela Artemis

      Hi Lauren,
      So nice meeting you!
      Yes, it was awesome to have a post flow out of me so easily. Thanks for noticing.
      I’m glad you’ve already got these 4 traits. I do too and I feel blessed to be a really positive person.
      I think as you write – If you think positively and also remember that whatever happens its happening because it’s meant to, and be it good or bad, you’ll learn from it. It’s so much about perception and reaction!

      This is exactly what I believe to be true.
      If we perceive our lives through the lens of positivity – we’ll see more positivity!
      Thank you so much for coming by and adding to the conversation here.
      Yes, here’s to serendipity!

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  4. Angela,
    I haven’t read the book but have read a lot about it. Friends think I’m lucky to have hubs and be married. Luck? No. Hard work. And the fact that I have him…I tell him all the time, “God sent you to me.” It’s usually when I’m in trouble and he’s rolling his eyes helping me get out!

    I was almost 16 when we met. He was 20. I had no interest in a serious boyfriend and at the same time I was madly in love with him. He says he knew he was going to marry me when he first saw me when I was 13. I didn’t see him!

    So no the fact he’s in my life isn’t luck. I think it was fate or other life stuff. I must have been very nice. LOL

    So I think I’m rambling here. I like Patti see myself as blessed more than lucky. Maybe it’s the same thing.

    I do know when I’m negative good things don’t happen as often.
    Tess The Bold Life recently posted..50 Ways to Lighten Up &amp Become Child Like Again

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    • Angela Artemis

      Hi Tess,
      I think the fact that you feel blessed and grateful for all you have contributes to creating good fortune in your life, for sure.
      Probably meeting your husband at such a young age was fate though, and meant to be. Look how well it all turned out? I think it’s so adorable that he noticed you before you noticed him and knew he was going to marry you! That is fate if you ask me.
      I so agree with you. When we’re negative good things don’t happen as often. Amen to that!
      Great to see you!

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  5. Angela, Angela, I need to be more positive. Between you and me, as much as I speak of it and believe in it and live by it, I do not mentally practice it as much as you and I want to learn. I have to make it a goal, a daily ritual, a moment by moment decision and a choice, and I will remember your beautiful words as I do. THANK YOU!
    Farnoosh recently posted..How Big Decisions of Life Emerge in an Instant

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    • Angela Artemis

      Hello my dear!! So nice to see you. I’m sure you’re sporting a marvelous tan from your trip to paradise.
      Oh, I’m so glad. I think you’ll have no problem training your brilliant self to always see the bright side!
      When the intention is there – it is going to happen without a doubt!

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  6. Hey, get me a ticket too while you’re out, okay?

    Today’s my birthday, so I’m DEFINITELY feeling lucky. This will be the best year ever, I can just feel it!

    How’s that for positive thinking? :) ))
    Anna Barlowe recently posted..Powering Up

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    • Angela Artemis

      Happy Birthday~!!
      I’m glad you feel lucky – I think if you feel lucky then you are lucky.
      I think it’s going to be a good year for you too! Thanks for writing such a lovely guest post for me too!
      I love your positive thinking!

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  7. That was a fun and uplifting post Angela! I believe other people think I’m lucky. Personally, I believe in Karma and I attribute my good fortune to that. :)
    Sherryl Perry recently posted..Treat Your Blog Posts Like Website Home Pages

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    • Angela Artemis

      Hi Sherryl,
      I’m so glad you found the post fun and uplifting.
      I think Karma has a lot to do with luck. If we’re kind and good to others we’re more apt to create fortunate circumstances in our own lives. It’s such a pleasure meeting you. I’m so happy you decided to come by today and comment.

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  8. Hi Angela

    I’m pretty lucky to have wonderful people like you sending me positive and inspiring messages like these!

    So that makes me pretty damn lucky! :)

    Thanks for sharing…

    Dom

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    • Angela Artemis

      Hi Dom,
      How’s things? I hope all is going well for you.
      Oh, you’re so sweet. I’m so glad to be able to put out positive messages for all my wonderful friends here.
      I’m pretty darn lucky to have all of you visit me!

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  9. Hi Angela,

    I never knew that creating good luck could be a science. One thing I enjoy about your blog is that you always find logical steps and reasons behind all the “woo woo” stuff. :D

    Looking at the 4 traits, I recognize the following in myself:

    Sniff out Serendipity

    When we have clear goals in life, we are more likely to see relevant opportunities around us. We know where we want to go and soon we will be able to see the path to get there. Opportunities abound if we are open to them. What we have to do here is to go with the flow.

    Follow Your Gut

    I think that following our gut is always important. When we do so, we align ourselves with things that we like and are naturally drawn to. Thus when we succeed, it will be at something that matters to us. Although it is a many step process, it seems like luck to the untrained eye.

    Make Lemonade

    Knowing how to make lemonade is very important. There will always be lots of challenges and hurdles for us in life. These problems are not necessarily bad in themselves, they are really life’s way of giving us chances to grow and become better people. After all, learning from our mistakes and gaining experience gives us greater depth and skills.

    Thank you for sharing this lovely article! And I hope you strike the lottery one day! :D

    Irving the Vizier
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    • Angela Artemis

      HI Irving,
      It’s so nice to see you.
      I see that you recognized all the traits in yourself except the one about Intuition? I think you must have left that one out by mistake though. One thing I do know about you is that you’re very intuitive – so I’ve no doubt that you’re probably one very lucky guy!
      Thank you for the good wishes about the lottery too. If I win I’ll make a huge announcement here.

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  10. I feel very lucky and blessed. Most certainly, I believe that the more I express my gratitude and appreciation, the luckier I become. I have not enjoyed myself more fully, ever since I started to think positively.

    I have not read the book you’ve mentioned in your post. Thanks for recommending it!
    Evelyn Lim recently posted..7 Tips to Overcome Perfectionism

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    • Angela Artemis

      HI Evelyn,
      Aah, I feel the same. You’ve got it right for sure. The more we express our gratitude and appreciation the luckier we become!
      I think there are so many benefits to being positive and being lucky is just one of them.
      It’s my pleasure. Thanks so much for coming by and chatting with me!

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  11. Angela,

    Hello! Great post (as always) and one that I needed to see this morning! Not that I was in a negative mood or “place”, but I just need to be reminded at times!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Michael
    OutMaturity
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    • Angela Artemis

      Hi Michael,
      How are you? I hope all is well.
      I’m so happy that this post was enjoyable for you. And just when you needed it too!
      I’m glad I could be the reminder you needed.
      Have a great day!

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  12. Angela,
    When I saw the title, I immediately thought of Richard’s book – I loved it! In fact, recently I ordered another book by him, 59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute. He did such a good job with the book on luck…

    There are always two ways to look at things – and we never really know how things are going to work out in the end, so we may as well take the optimistic approach.

    When I was growing up, and even into adulthood, I used to believe I was the luckiest person in the world (no, not you; me!) and then life kind of got in the way. I started focusing on the things I wanted rather than on the things I had. I’m still the luckiest person in the world – I had just forgotten, funny how we can so easily do that.

    Thanks for the reminder – great post Angela!
    Lori

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    • Angela Artemis

      Hi Lori,
      Oh, I didn’t know he’d written another book? I like the idea of changing your life in 59 seconds. That’s my speed!
      You’re so right. I couldn’t agree more. If we only have 2 ways of looking at things, then why wouldn’t we choose to take the optimistic view?

      Uh oh! You mean we’re going to have to duke it out as to who’s the luckiest? lol!
      Oh, I can relate. Yes, when we only focus on what we want – we create a lot of want and forget to appreciate what we already have. Great point! I’m so glad I could help you to remember.

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  13. I love this article Angela. At one point in my life I just didn’t get why I was on the opposite side of lucky all the time. I then changed my approach to things and it all came clear…the harder I work, the luckier I get! Thanks Angela – nice post!
    Jk Allen recently posted..What is a Hustler- and why it’s NOT for Everyone

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    • Angela Artemis

      Hi Jk,
      I’m so glad you enjoyed this article! Wow, what a great life lesson you’ve shared with us.
      You changed your approach to life, and then your luck changed. I try to explain this to people, but some don’t get it – but you’re living proof that it works. Awesome!!! Thanks so much for showing us the wisdom behind how when we change – the world changes around us.

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  14. “Follow your gut” speaks the loudest to me Angela.

    I know when I stop long enough to listen to inner wisdom, then I make better choices which leads to less anxiety and more happiness!

    Alex

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    • Angela Artemis

      HI Alex,
      That’s my favorite – and of course it speaks to me too. Better choices do lead to more happiness.
      I think we do get luckier in our lives when we listen to our intuition.
      Thanks so much for paying me a visit Alex! It’s always a true pleasure.

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  15. I like this post a lot! Maybe because I do identify with several of these traits. Actually, with all of them now that I think about it. Regarding the lemon/lemonade concept, here is one of my favorite sayings. “When you are getting run out of town, get in front and make it look like a parade!”

    Thanks for a great pick me up today! I needed it. That must mean that I sniffed out some serendipity on your blog today!
    Galen Pearl recently posted..The Courage to Change

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    • Angela Artemis

      Hi Galen,
      I’ve actually never heard of that one. Wow, I love that quote. It’s great.
      I’m so glad I could give you a pick me up today. That makes me feel so wonderful.
      I think you did sniff out some serendipity. Good for you!! The nose Knows!

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  16. Hi Angela,

    You sure cover a lot of ground with this post, but then you usually do. Lots of really great info.

    Do I consider myself lucky? Funny… Every now and then I win something (the typical definition of luck) but not usually. And like I know you have, I’ve had some things hit me out of the blue that almost convinced me I must be doing this luck thing all wrong! But yes. Very lucky. Blessed.

    And sometimes I think that whether one is blessed or lucky or not, if they are grateful and appreciative of life, it doesn’t matter whether or not they are lucky because they experience life as if they are. And that’s really what we’re after, right?

    Thank you!
    Patti Foy | Lightspirited Being recently posted..Breathe Life Into Your Creation By Connecting With Its Soul

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    • Angela Artemis

      HI Patti,
      I agree, being lucky is great, but being appreciative and grateful for what you have is wonderful. I have a hunch that those people who are appreciative and grateful are also lucky! I think those good attitudes about life foster luck.

      You know I don’t “win” a lot of things, or the lotto, but I do consider myself lucky. I feel that I always end up right side up no matter what happens. I agree that being lucky may have more to do with the way you look at life than anything else. If you feel lucky – you are lucky.

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  17. I think ppl with good luck just take more chances and risks than others. They aren’t afraid to trust their gut and follow their intuition, like you said. Those with “bad luck” tend to take less risks.
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  18. I love this post Angela, a real barnstormer. I’ve read and written about this book before as it really does show that to have a good look for providence is to find luck in evidence i.e. what you expect you find which then comes to life in your life. Considering it’s from a man who normally debunks such forces it’s great to see his studies proved they do exist. Somehow this was the perfect post for today so you are certainly intuitive Angela. Wishing you all the luck in the world!
    John Sherry recently posted..Fixing Your Glitches

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    • Angela Artemis

      Hi John,
      I’m so glad you enjoyed this post. I didn’t know you’d written about this author as well? I guess great minds think alike then! I wish you just as much luck and more John. You absolutely deserve it!

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