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How to make yourself luckier: The problem with Wiseman’s methodology

The great Eric Barker recently wrote a lengthy post on Lifehacker about how to make yourself luckier. He collected a lot of good, solid research: some individuals are accident-prone;  superstition can be performance-enhancing. He also repeated the research from Richard Wiseman’s book, The Luck Factor, which looked at four main principles of luck: 

Be open to more opportunities, interact with a large network of people, break routines and keep a relaxed attitude toward life.

“The results were dramatic: eighty percent were happier and more satisfied with their lives—and luckier,” Wiseman summed. 

According to Wiseman, people who

Think Friday the 13th is unlucky? Keep it to yourself

It can be fun to join in the watercooler talk and blame every little thing that goes wrong today on the fact that it’s Friday the 13th. But here’s a great luck secret: don’t say anything.

 When everything is going your way, you’re socially attractive. People want to hang out with you. You’ve got “it,” and are in a key position to key lots of opportunities.

On the other hand, being the victim of bad luck is also contagious. Just mentioning the words “bad luck” can do some damage to the perception that other people have of you. It sounds

Neighborhood Watch/The Watch: Bad timing, bad luck

Four of my favorite comedic actors, Richard Ayoade, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill, are teaming up this summer for the feature film The Watch.

(If you don’t know who Richard Ayoade is, go watch The IT Crowd, or this clip in which he demonstrates his enthusiasm for soccer.)

All of this wouldn’t matter at all, if it weren’t for the fact that community watch participant George Zimmerman was a free man for nearly a month after having gunned down Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, even after the police told Zimmerman to stop following Martin. (He’s now

Can you get stabbed in the head AND be lucky?

On April 17th, 28-year-old police offer Eder Loor was stabbed in the left temple with a three-inch switchblade while on duty in East Harlem. In other words, this entire blade was inside of his brain:

(Photo from ABC News)

Was he lucky?

A lot of commenters around the internet balk at the idea that you could be stabbed in the head and lucky at the same time. But Dr. Joshua Bederson, the neurosurgeon who operated on Loor, called him “a very lucky man.”

I agree with Dr. Bederson, because a) agreeing with the head of neurosurgery at Mount Sinai

Ready to get lucky?

Joan Didion

To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves—there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.

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Can You Learn to be Lucky: Why Some People Seem to Win More Often Than Others by Karla Starr

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