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…

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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,”…

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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…

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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…

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