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World Entertainment News Network

Saturday, January 11, 2003

New research suggests people are not born lucky but create and improve their own good fortune as they go through life. Psychologist Dr Richard Wiseman spent 10 years looking for the elusive "luck factor" and trying to understand the psychology behind good fortune

Dr Wiseman, who heads a research unit at the University of Hertfordshire, studied the lives of 400 of the luckiest and unluckiest people. He found that those with charmed lives are, without realising it, using four basic principles to create good fortune for themselves. The first principle of the lucky is that they maximise their opportunities. They are skilled at creating, noticing and acting upon chances through networking, adopting a relaxed attitude to life and by being open to new experiences. Secondly, Dr Wiseman discovered that People who appear to have good fortune tend to make effective decisions by acting on their intuition and gut feelings. They also take steps to boost their intuitive skills, such as clearing their mind of other thoughts or meditating. Thirdly, lucky people go through life expecting good fortune and in the certainty that the future will be positive. These expectations become self-fulfilling prophecies by helping lucky people persist in the face of failure and shape their interactions with others in a positive way. The fourth principle Dr Wiseman found is that lucky people have the ability to turn bad fortune into good luck. They usually employ various psychological techniques to cope with and often even thrive upon any ill fortune that comes their way. (KTW/WNWCAN)

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