Professional Development

How to become luckier

Written by Eric Titner

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be lucky? Sometimes it seems like certain people are just born to be lucky, and good things just happen to them, while others struggle to find good fortune and avoid bad luck from hanging over them like a rain cloud. But there are ways you can bring good fortune closer to you.

If you’d like to become a little luckier in life, then keep reading.

Don’t doubt the power of positivity.

There’s a certain truth in the notion that positivity attracts more positivity in life, which can help position us for good fortune and luck. Keeping an optimistic outlook attracts positive people to us and makes others want to help us be more happy and successful.

Have you ever tried smiling, even if there’s nothing in particular to smile about? According to a Psychology Today article, the physical act of smiling can create a slew of positive physiological changes in us, affect how we react to the world and how others respond to us, and can even lengthen our life spans! The same is true of maintaining positivity through our daily activities—at first it may seem like an effort, but once your positive outlook is met with a warm reception by the world, that positivity may just be a natural reaction to the good luck that’s finally found you.

Put yourself in new situations.

The best way to escape a rain cloud is to move from where you’re standing. If you want to change your luck, try changing your situation—inviting new activities, new social endeavors, and new people in our lives can open doors to a wide array of new opportunities, along with the potential for good fortune.

If this sounds daunting, start small—try walking a different path than you usually do, making a deal with yourself to do one new activity this week, or initiating contact with one new person you encounter during your day. Before long, these new situations might just bloom into new chances for the clouds of good fortune to find you.

 Learn from luck—good and bad.

Trial and error can be a powerful learning tool, and life is full of lessons that we would all be well served to pay attention to. When good things happen to us and to others around us, we should take some time to reflect on each situation—was this truly random good luck or was there some conscious effort involved that made things turn out the way they did? Do the same thing for when bad luck seems to rear its ugly head—was it truly unavoidable or could we have done things to prevent it from happening? Take what you learn and use it to help guide you moving forward—hopefully, this increases your chances of encountering more good luck than bad in life.

Most of us experience a wide range of events in life—some of which we’d classify as good luck and some of which we’d chalk up to bad luck. Use the strategies and advice outlined here to become a little luckier in your life.

About the author

Eric Titner

Eric is a NYC-based editor and writer, with years of experience in career-focused content development across a wide range of industries.