Rabat - Luck is a very funny thing. For some you make your own. That’s it. Case closed. But for others anything, quite literally, could give us a psychological boost whether that be through a rabbit’s foot, a certain routine, or perhaps even a pair of pants.
Rabat – Luck is a very funny thing. For some you make your own. That’s it. Case closed. But for others anything, quite literally, could give us a psychological boost whether that be through a rabbit’s foot, a certain routine, or perhaps even a pair of pants.
Across the world there are hundreds of different things that signify or we put down to luck. For example, in Britain and Japan it is considered good luck if you cross the path of a black cat, whereas in the USA it’s thought to be unlucky. But realistically, aren’t these chance encounters?
In truth all elements of luck are simply down to chance encounters, but it’s also not a bad thing to believe, in fact it can be a very positive to place things down to luck.
Do You Believe In Luck?
All over the world people believe in luck with long standing traditions in many countries. Most notably these are in the form of numbers. Roulette in Numbers, an interactive guide researching the meanings behind 0-36 (the numbers on a roulette wheel) and has found that on every continent there are certain numbers we love and loath.
In Thailand, the number nine is considered immensely lucky with ‘gao’ as it’s said in the country sounding very similar to ‘Kow-nah’ meaning progress and ‘khao’, which means rice, a staple food in the country. Such is its favouritism the Thai transport minister spent a whopping $95,000 on a license plate which read 9999.
Equally, in China the number eight is considered prosperous, whilst it also has similar connotations in Hindu culture.
Naturally, none of these actually have an influence on elements of chance. Just because someone would put chips on the number eight on a roulette table, it doesn’t mean they’ll win. The odds are still 37/1.
Why It’s Good To Believe
Believing in luck however can work out good for you, even if circumstances are dictated by chance. Research carried out at UCLA and Columbia University found that our beliefs on luck can be divided into two categories, stable and fleeting. Those who feel it is stable, in essence a fairly constant phenomenon, were more driven to succeed with those believing in luck feeling much more in control.
On the other hand, if you believe luck is a more random phenomenon, you are more likely to think “what’s the point?” and not strive as hard to achieve.
Are you a believer in luck? Then it might just be your lucky day…