The Happiness Connection  

Lucky or unlucky?

Are you lucky?

How you answer that question may affect your life more than you realize. Luck is viewed as success or failure that results from chance rather than because you did something to deserve it.

I have friends who sold their business for multimillions. They got tired of hearing people say how lucky they were. Luck had little to do with it. They worked hard for a lot of years to create a business that was worth so much.

I believe that people make their luck.

This idea is supported by research carried out by Dr. Richard Wiseman. He examined the beliefs, behaviours, and experiences of people who thought they were lucky or unlucky, to see how they differed.

In one study, money was left on the ground in the path of each of the participants. Those who believed they were lucky, noticed it and picked it up. Those who felt they were unlucky, walked right past it.

His work revealed that people who seem to be lucky, regularly scan their environment. This allows them to notice opportunities when they present themselves.

‘Unlucky people’ have as many opportunities for good things to happen, they just don’t notice them.

I read Wiseman’s book The Luck Factor many years ago, but I only recently made the connection between his principles for luck and living consciously.

He summarized his findings into four principles. If you follow them, you can increase your luck.

  • Maximize your chance opportunities
  • Listen to your lucky hunches
  • Expect good fortune
  • Turn your bad luck into good

These are all important elements of living consciously. They could easily be reworded to use consciousness vocabulary.

  • Live in the moment and notice what is happening around you
  • Develop and trust your intuition
  • Have an optimistic mindset
  • Look for the gift in everything, even when it isn’t what you thought you wanted

If you want to be luckier, live more consciously.

Instead of being caught in your head, planning what you will do when you get home, or worrying about something that might never happen, choose to be more mindful and present with the moment you are in.

Fight against letting yourself slip into autopilot. Notice the world around you. Smile at people you pass. Actively look for things to be grateful for.

Remember that often the biggest challenges result in the greatest blessings.

When I started writing this column three years ago, I knew I wanted to help people live happier lives. I realize now that a more accurate description of what I do, is to help people live more consciously.

I am expanding how I share conscious living tips to include YouTube videos. My channel is called The Happiness Connection Live.

If you are enjoying my column, you may want to check out my videos. The first one has been posted, and new content will be added every Wednesday morning at 11 a.m.

The more consciously you choose to live, the more empowered, peaceful, and lucky your life will be.

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About the Author

Reen Rose is an experienced, informative, and engaging speaker, author, and educator. She has worked for over three decades in the world of education, teaching children and adults in Canada and England.

Research shows that happy people are better leaders, more successful, and healthier than their unhappy counterparts, and yet so many people still believe that happiness is a result of their circumstances.

Happiness is a choice. Reen’s presentations and workshops are designed to help you become robustly happy. This is her term for happiness that can withstand challenge and change.

Reen blends research-based expertise, storytelling, humour, and practical strategies to both inform and inspire. She is a Myers Briggs certified practitioner, a Microsoft Office certified trainer and a qualified and experienced teacher.

Email Reen at [email protected]

Check out her websites at www.ReenRose.com, or www.ModellingHappiness.com

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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