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Around St. Patrick’s Day, there’s a lot more talk about luck than other times of the year. Some people seem naturally lucky, while others may feel like they have terrible luck. Since we’re an optimistic bunch around here, we’re here to tell you that you can change your luck!

According to Richard Wiseman, a professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire and a best-selling author of many books (including one on luck), we are all creating our own luck by our thoughts and behavior. Want to have more luck? He says we just need to start acting like lucky people!

Maximize Opportunities

This one stands to reason – if you don’t take advantage of new opportunities, the chance of something exciting happening is smaller. In his book Luck Factor, Richard wrote, “Lucky people create, notice, and act upon the chance opportunities in their lives.” Bottom line? Try new things! If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get the same result you always have.

Listen to Hunches

If you get a gut feeling about something, stop and consider it. Lucky people are less anxious overall, and more likely to act on intuition.

Expect Good Fortune

Be optimistic! When you look on the bright side of life, and believe the good things will happen, they are more likely to – partially because you aren’t giving up before they have a chance to. Optimism is a state of mind, which leads to the next point…

Turn Bad Luck Into Good

Okay, so something bad happened. Look for the silver lining – it will be there. According to Richard’s book, lucky people see the positive side of their bad luck, and they take constructive steps to prevent more bad luck in the future. If disappointment comes your way, be resilient and remain optimistic.

Start the Day with Coffee

Okay, we made this one up. But somehow starting the morning with a steaming mug of your favorite Cameron’s Coffee in your hands just makes everything brighter, doesn’t it?