Lucky is, as lucky does . . .

luckyReading this story can make you luckier!

“Several years ago, the psychologist Richard Wiseman recruited subjects who thought of themselves as either unusually lucky or unlucky.

  • The self-described lucky ones, he discovered, shared a set of behavioral traits that maximized their good fortune.
    • They were receptive to new experiences and
    • invested time in expanding their social and professional networks;
    • when things went wrong, they reminded themselves that things could have gone worse.
  • By focusing less on their goals, they actually accomplished those goals more efficiently.

In one experiment, Wiseman asked participants to count the number of photographs in a newspaper.

  • The unlucky people diligently plodded through.
  • The lucky ones were far more likely to spot one of two messages Wiseman had inserted on the page.
    • The first [message] read ‘Stop counting—there are 43 photographs in this newspaper.’
    • The other offered a $250 reward if the reader just asked the experimenter for the cash.”

So, it appears that being lucky requires a belief that you are, and the behavior to go with it!

Your luck is already improving; now that you read the story and know the secret, you can change your life accordingly! (You can read the full Mental Floss article at this link. Please note: I altered the format of the quoted material for this post.)

Thanks and have a great weekend!

 

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Summer Reading Fun

Did you know . . . “Fewer than half (48%) of young children in the U.S. are read to daily, meaning that more than 13 million children under 5 go to bed every night without a bedtime story.”

Did you know that reading aloud to a child can change his or her life?

I first posted about summer reading during the summer of 2012. This month, I will be posting read-aloud tips, facts and fun for you and your kids, grand kids, friends and neighbors’ kids or nieces and nephews. Summer is the perfect time to begin the read-aloud habit, and it’s a great way to keep school-age kids interested and involved over the summer break.

Reading aloud is a personal passion of mine and was a professional project for me for about 10 years. We read to our sons every night and presenting read-aloud workshops and promotions was one of my favorite public relations projects – EVER!

Reading is free, it’s fun and it can change lives.  Read all about it, right here at Wishful Thinking Works over the next few Mondays in June. Share the posts with your family and friends. My wish for the summer is to help you make reading aloud part of the life you, and the kids you care about, really want.

 

What’s your child’s favorite book? (Include your child’s age, so others can use your recommendation.)

Did you have a favorite book as a kid, if so, what is it?

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