Do you ever just feel unlucky? Always getting caught in a traffic jam when you're running late, or the printer runs out of ink five minutes before you're due to give a presentation?
Does everyone else around you seem to be getting their dream job, while, somehow, you never seem to be in the right place at the right time?
Believe it or not, people have studied luck. Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, spent a decade following a group of people who claimed to be lucky and another of those who believed they were less fortunate. Wiseman and his team wanted to find out how those "lucky" few managed to glide through life from one opportunity to another seemingly without any problems. What was their secret? Was it inherited wealth, better social skills, or good looks?
Finally scientists found the truth. The difference between those lucky people and everyone else is stunningly simple: They believe they're lucky. No really, that's it. After following people for 10 years, the study from the University of Hertfordshire found that if you expect to be lucky, then you will be. It all comes down to how you view opportunities.
Once you change your perspective and realize that you can make your own luck, it opens you up to a world of opportunities. Here's how to make the most of your newfound knowledge: