People who identify as lucky really are different than others

This nice little explainer covers the nebulous concept of luck in a fun way. It summarizes the work of Richard Wiseman, who researched self-identified lucky and unlucky people. He found four key distinctions.

People who consider themselves lucky tend to do the following four things:

• Maximize chance opportunities
• Listen to lucky hunches
• Turn bad luck into good
• Expect good things to happen

Of course, "lucky" is highly subjective. Two people could consider themselves lucky for completely opposing reasons. And it's hard to determine if people who consider themselves lucky actually are. So relax and pay attention as you go about your day, and a little luck might come your way!

What Is Luck? (YouTube / It's Okay To Be Smart)

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  1. Showerthought: When bad things happen to bad people, we call it karma. When bad things happen to good people, we call it bad luck.

  2. Ratel says:
    • Maximize chance opportunities
      • Listen to lucky hunches
      • Turn bad luck into good
      • Expect good things to happen

    Sounds like they know "The Secret". Blech.

  3. I can't speak for anyone else, but I consider myself lucky because I trapped a leprechaun and ate its marshmallow heart in order to absorb its powers.

  4. I'm a healthy white male born into an era of peace and prosperity. I attribute it all to hard work.

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