Psychologist, Richard Wiseman, reports on a study he conducted that suggests becoming lucky is a learnable trait. His article begins as follows:
A decade ago, I set out to investigate luck. I wanted to examine the impact on peoples lives of chance opportunities, lucky breaks and being in the right place at the right time. After many experiments, I believe that I now understand why some people are luckier than others and that it is possible to become luckier.
To launch my study, I placed advertisements in national newspapers and magazines, asking for people who felt consistently lucky or unlucky to contact me. Over the years, 400 extraordinary men and women volunteered for my research from all walks of life: the youngest is an 18-year-old student, the oldest an 84-year-old retired accountant.
Jessica, a 42-year-old forensic scientist, is typical of the lucky group. As she explained: “I have my dream job, two wonderful children and a great guy whom I love very much. Its amazing; when I look back at my life, I realise I have been lucky in just about every area.”