Create Your Own Luck

The Irish are known to be lucky, but you don’t have to be Irish to be the luckiest person you know. You can change your luck! Here are some tips on how to feel lucky in life:

  • Keep a gratitude journal. Write three things down, each day, that you are grateful for. This boosts feelings of joy and luck!
  • Act upon chance activities. Go with the opportunities that life throws at you. Be open to new experiences, and say YES! to anyone who offers a chance to get out and do something a little out of your comfort zone.
  • Be prepared to deviate from your plans. Lucky people often break their routine. Spontaneity is your friend when it comes to being lucky.
  • Expect good fortune. Optimists are certain that their futures are going be full of good luck. They look for it in all places, notice it when it happens, and persist in the face of failure.
  • Turn bad luck into good luck! Bad things happen to all of us. Don’t dwell on the bad fortune. Instead, practice looking for the silver lining, or try to find some meaning behind a misfortune. Lucky people find the good in almost any situation.
  • Relax! People that are tense or anxious miss the unexpected. In one study, scientists asked people to count the number of photographs in a newspaper. On the second page, there was a large headline that said “Stop counting, there are 43 photographs in the newspaper.” The lucky ones spotted it, and stopped counting, while the non-lucky ones missed the headline altogether. The researchers found that the unlucky group was more anxious, which appeared to get in the way of noticing the unexpected.
People have a lot more influence on their own good fortune than they even realize. In order to turn your luck around, you’ll need to learn how to make effective decisions by listening to your intuition, interacting with positive people, adopting a flexible attitude, and being open to new experiences. When you can master these life skills, good luck is sure to follow.

 

“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it” –Thomas Jefferson

 

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Krista Carpentar

Krista Carpentar

Krista opened Lotus Counseling in 2013, after realizing the need for specialized Eating Disorder treatment in the Grand Valley. Krista is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Masters of Science degree in Counseling in 2003 from Texas A&M University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin in 2000. Since 2003 Krista has provided counseling to individuals with a wide variety of concerns. Currently, she specializes in treating adults and adolescents with disordered eating, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and a variety of other concerns. She uses a variety of modalities in her treatment including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Relational, and Solution Focused Therapy.

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