It was one of those days. You know the kind, where nothing works from the moment you open your eyes. They even gave it a name; waking up on the wrong side of the bed.

First I bumped my toe against the foot of the dresser. Feeling the excruciating pain I limped to the bathroom to brush my teeth only to find out that I have forgotten to buy toothpaste from the day before. I rinsed my teeth with mouthwash and jumped in the shower while my toe was killing me. The water was freezing. I went to look for the reason and discovered that the boiler had just broke down. I dressed quickly feeling bad and anxious and rushed to a meeting with coffee in my hand. At the traffic lights I was contemplating the start of the day when I noticed the car approaching from behind. The driver was oblivious to the red light and I knew that he was going to hit me. I couldn’t move forward because there was a car in front of me. It all happened in a split second. I braced myself for the hit and sure enough it came spilling the coffee all over me, my papers and the car interior. I couldn’t believe that this was happening. I limped down on shaky legs to assess the damages. Thank god the driver was fine and all apologetic. I was not! I felt tears rushing to my eyes threating to fall at any moment as I looked at the rear end of my car. It was bad!  While we were waiting for the traffic police to arrive I discovered that I had forgotten my wallet at home and in it my driver’s license. From there on the day continued to slide. I got a ticket because I didn’t have my license. The meeting was of course cancelled and I never saw the client again. My toe was still hurting, and I found out later that I needed to buy a new boiler. That night the Covid 19 lockdown went into effect and I stayed for three weeks without heat or hot water.

You’d definitely call that a chain of unlucky events.. Right? Are some people luckier than others? I am reminded of the story of a woman from Louisiana who lost her home to hurricanes five times… and the guy who was struck by lightning seven times. Statistically, getting hit by lightning is a three-thousand to one chance. On the flip side of the coin there are the super lucky among us like the woman who won four jackpots worth 20 million dollars and the guy who won 1 million dollars twice playing scratch cards.

Stories like that makes you wonder if some are truly luckier than others, but the truth of the matter is quite simple. Richard Wiseman, who is a professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire and the bestselling author of the Luck Factor, has studied over 1000 people. And, yes, it turns out that some people are very unlucky. The good news is that you can turn around your bad luck. Luck is not something paranormal in nature. It’s something that we are creating by our thoughts and behavior. There are five factors you should consider to change your bad luck:

1. Believe That You’re Lucky and Expect Good Fortune

Maybe it sounds strange, but believing that you are lucky makes you more likely to be receptive to opportunities around you and changes your perspective. Having a positive mind set will likely make you try new things, follow through on possibilities and have them succeed if you believe they’ll work out well. Try to pay attention when you get lucky next time, pause and acknowledge it. Soon, you will realize you are luckier than you thought.

2. Maximize 0pportunities

Locking yourself up at home and staying put will not help your luck. Lucky people create, notice, and act upon the chance opportunities in their lives. Lucky people keep trying things while unlucky people are afraid to try. They worry about every single detail and by the time they decide to act, the opportunity has already gone.

3. Listen to Hunches

Lucky people act on their intuitions in many areas of their lives. Almost 90 percent of lucky people said that they trusted their intuition when it came to personal relationships, and almost 80 percent said it played a vital role in their career choices. Intuition isn’t magic. Research has shown that in many cases it’s valid. Lucky people would often say that if they get a gut feeling about something they usually stop and consider it, while unlucky people get the same feeling but they don’t act upon it. They are often anxious about the world around them.

 4) Turn Bad Luck Into Good

Lucky people aren’t always lucky — but they handle adversity differently than unlucky people. Lucky people see the positive side of their bad luck and are convinced that any ill fortune in their lives will, in the long run, work out for the best. Lucky people do not dwell on their bad luck, and they take constructive steps to help prevent it in the future. Furthermore, lucky people are very resilient. One lucky person who had fallen down some stairs and broke his leg, said that while in the hospital he met a nurse who became his wife. Things can look bad now, but the long term effect of this might be very positive.

5. Practice Gratitude

Gratitude is something you can practice every day. By being more grateful, you will tend to express it more and in the process attract more good fortune. Others will be more likely to want to do things for you and so would the whole universe as well. To practice gratitude, write down 5 things you are truly grateful for in your life. Do it at the beginning or end of each day. It could be a job that you love, your family that brings you joy or a friend that supports you. Additionally, people who feel they are lucky are more charismatic. It feels good to be around them. So go ahead and put a good luck charm in your pocket. Believing in luck might not only be the best way to be positive and optimistic, it might also be the key to a better life

Yet we can’t control everything. A lot of fortunate people believe that luck can’t be attracted or influenced, but you can still increase your chances by influencing serendipity. They say in order to raise the prospects of lucky chances, they use the following techniques:

They change their daily routine by taking different roads to the same place or eating in different restaurants.

They meet people in various environments.

They work on new and unusual tasks.

All these things broaden the borders of your ordinary life and give more space for new opportunities, which we all now know you should catch right away

As for those people who won the lottery multiple times, one happened to have a PhD in statistics and that might have increased her odds of winning by using her expertise. As for the other guy his lucky streak likely had more to do with perseverance—he sometimes buys more than 100 dollars’ worth of scratch cards at once. As for me I got a whole free body paint for my car, one which I kept postponing for months, and a brand new boiler for the price of a used one due to the lockdown. In the end it all depends on how you look at things. Have a lucky day!

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