Friday, November 18, 2011

The Luck Factor

I found this article to be extremely interesting and very informing. I was always a believer that some people were just born lucky while others were born with no luck at all. I am also one to "knock on wood" and I never knew that it dated all the way back to pagan rituals. I also never knew that the reason the number 13 was unlikely was because that how many people attended Christ's last supper. Or that walking under a ladder breaks the trinity so that is why it is so unlucky. I thought it was fascinating that an individuals luck comes from their own thoughts and behaviors, and the more I think about it now, the more I believe it. "Lucky people" are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, listen to their intuition, have positive expectations, and have a resilient attitude, and it all makes more sense to me now. I have always considered myself to be an unlucky person but now that I think about it, it probably is because I tend to be a negative thinking person. It reminds me a lot of being pessimist and an optimist. Optimistic people seem to be more lucky, while pessimist individuals seem to be unlucky.


  1. I thought it was really interesting to find out where all these superstitious ideas came from too. For some reason, I always thought walking under a ladder was considered unlucky because someone important got hurt or killed from walking under it. I would have never thought that this superstition came from the idea of breaking the trinity.

  2. I'm also one to knock on wood so I thought it was very interesting to learn the background of those superstitions. It was interesting to think that luck can just be about thinking in a negative or positive way.

  3. It was interesting to learn about where these rituals/superstitions come from. It also made sense to me how an optimistic person is "lucky." It made me realize that maybe if I am more positive, better things will happen.