Saturday, March 12, 2022

Why Are You Unlucky?

Professor Richard Wiseman, a psychologist says he has discovered the answer.

part in various experiments.

I carried out a simple experiment to discover whether their disparity in luck 
was due to differences in their ability to spot opportunities.
I gave both lucky and unlucky people a newspaper, and asked them
to look through it and tell me how many photographs were inside. 
I had secretly placed a large message halfway through the newspaper saying…

“Tell the experimenter you have seen this and win $50.”

This message took up half of the page and was written in type that was
more than two inches high. It was staring everyone straight in the face, 
but the unlucky people tended to miss it and the lucky people tended to spot it.

Unlucky people are generally more tense than lucky people, and this anxiety
disrupts their ability to notice the unexpected. As a result, they miss 
opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else. 
They go to gatherings intent on finding their perfect partner and miss opportunities to make good friends. They look through newspapers determined to find certain types of job advertisements and miss other types of jobs.

Lucky people are more relaxed and open, and therefore see what is there
rather than just what they are looking for. My research eventually revealed

So, here are four tips for becoming lucky:

Remember that the happiest people in the world are not those who have no problems, but those who learn to enjoy things that are less than perfect.

 ~ Professor Richard Wiseman, University of Hertfordshire


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