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All about LUCK!

Discussion in 'Jokes' started by sudhavnarasimhan, Jan 24, 2007.

  1. sudhavnarasimhan

    sudhavnarasimhan Silver IL'ite

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    Why do some people get all the luck while others never get the breaks they deserve?

    By Professor Richard Wiseman, University of Hertfordshire


    A psychologist says he has discovered the answer:

    Ten years ago, I set out to examine luck. I wanted to know why some people are always in the right place at the right time, while others consistently experience ill fortune. I placed advertisements in national newspapers asking for people who felt consistently lucky or unlucky to contact me.

    Hundreds of extraordinary men and women volunteered for my research and over the years, I have interviewed them, monitored their lives and had them take part in experiments.

    The results reveal that although these people have almost no insight into the causes of their luck, their thoughts and behavior are responsible for much of their good and bad fortune. Take the case of seemingly chance opportunities. Lucky people consistently encounter such opportunities, whereas unlucky people do not.

    I carried out a simple experiment to discover whether this was due to differences in their ability to spot such 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 n ewspaper saying: "Tell the experimenter you have seen this and win £250."

    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 parties intent on finding their perfect partner and so 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 that lucky people generate good fortune via four principles. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.

    Towards the end of the work, I wondered whether these principles could be used to create good luck. I asked a group of volunteers to spend a month carrying out exercises designed to help them think and behave like a lucky person.

    Dramatic results These exercises helped them spot chance opportunities, listen to their intuition, expect to be lucky, and be more resilient to bad luck. One month later, the volunteers returned and described what had happened. The results were dramatic: 80% of people were now happier, more satisfied with their lives and, perhaps most important of all, luckier.

    The lucky people had become even luckier and the unlucky had become lucky. Finally, I had found the elusive "luck factor"


    Here are Professor Wiseman's four top tips for becoming lucky:
    1) Listen to your gut instincts - they are normally right
    2) Be open to new experiences and breaking your normal routine
    3) Spend a few moments each day remembering things that went well
    4) Visualize yourself being lucky before an important meeting or telephone call. Luck is very often a self- fulfilling prophecy

    Have a Lucky day and work for it.



    Hope all of you enjoy this fwd and feel lucky!
     
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  2. Vidya24

    Vidya24 Gold IL'ite

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    smile on me,lady!

    Dear Sudha,

    Informative and useful post,keep em coming. The Uty of Cardiff also proved that good or bad luck is not heriditary. I loved this one better,especially the four tips in the end. Will try them and get lucky,hopefully!
    Thanks again.

    affly
    Vidya
     
  3. cheer

    cheer Silver IL'ite

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    Dear Sudha,

    As usual ur post is great:clap . Thanx for sharing with us. I really liked it very much.
     
  4. Manjureddy

    Manjureddy Gold IL'ite

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    Lucky us, to have the likes of Sudha giving us such insightful posts !:wave

    To tag on with you, Sudha, I shall let fly a few quotes collected in my scrap book:

    " I am a great believer in Luck and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it " (Thomas Jefferson)

    "Shallow men believe in luck. Stronger men believe in cause and effect"(Emerson)

    " People always call it luck when you have acted more sensibly than them"( ?)


    Manjula
     
  5. sonia

    sonia Bronze IL'ite

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    nice post

    Hi Sudha,

    I liked the post very much splly the tips.I will try out.Keep them coming.
     
  6. vidhi

    vidhi Senior IL'ite

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    Luck

    Dear Sudha

    It was a very nice post from you. Thank you.


    vidhi
     
  7. meenaprakash

    meenaprakash Silver IL'ite

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    good one..

    Dear Sudha,

    thanks for sharing the tips to get lucky.
    Reading your mail, we are all going to turn lucky sooon.
    wonderful explanation on WHY SOME ARE LUCKY ALWAYS & THE BONUS TIPS.

    love,
     
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    meenu Bronze IL'ite

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    Deare Sudha,
    Wonderful post. I likedthe line about changing unlucky people to lucky people.It is quite interestingto note that unlucky people are tene. I have already started reducing my tension consciously! See how lucky i am to have noticed this post!
    Regards,
    Meenu
     
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    Dear Sudha,
    That was an interesting post and thanks for sharing with us. Do keep them coming. The last four lines are so true.

    As they say Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
    Love,
     
  10. sudhavnarasimhan

    sudhavnarasimhan Silver IL'ite

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    Hello Everyone,
    Am i happy to see so many of you reading and responding.....i also loved this fwd and that is why decided to post it for our IL family!
    I feel already lucky to have such a lovely family around me !;-)
     

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