Ask Dr. Nandi: Can you really be lucky?

Posted at 6:01 PM, Mar 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-17 18:01:04-04

You may be feeling the luck of the Irish today or not. But whether or not you feel lucky often comes down to your perception of life. Yes, some people are born into lucky circumstances but even those raised in bad situations can rise above it. So when looking at life, are you seeing the good or are you focusing on the bad? 

There is research that shows lucky people tend to make their own good fortune by creating or noticing chance opportunities and acting on them.

Intuition and a resilient attitude also plays a role. But feeling lucky has a lot to do with noticing the good in your life. By doing so you’ll feel gratitude and this can lead to a more optimistic attitude. Looking for favorable experiences can make you feel luckier overall.

Partha’s RX:

  1. Start taking in the good. Make a conscious effort to notice pleasant moments throughout your day and dwell a little bit on them.
  2. Be willing to try new things.  You will open yourself to more opportunities and have them succeed if you believe they’ll work out.
  3. If bad luck does happen, don’t dwell on it.  Instead believe it will all work out in the long run.
  4. Listen to your intuition.  A good way to get in touch with it is by clearing your mind, meditating or finding a quiet place to think.

Be careful of what’s called the confirmation bias. Your brain wants to confirm what you already believe about yourself.   But you can still overcome bad luck thinking.  When you notice something that goes well or that you’re happy about, write it down.  Keeping a gratitude journal and really taking in the good can change how you view your life.