“Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.”

– William James

I just read a fascinating book called The Luck Factor


In his book Richard Wiseman explores why some people seem so lucky. It turns out that these lucky people don’t have special powers, like ESP, or anything extra-ordinary.  Most of them are no different than you and me.  But he did discover a few special things about lucky people:

Lucky people generate their own good fortune via four basic principles. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.”

He discovered that lucky people tend to be more optimistic in general and to expect good luck in their lives.  He noticed that people who expect luck have a more powerful ability to notice opportunities in their environment. Optimistic people’s field of perception is literally greater. And the great news is that he discovered that when you train people to expect luck, their field of perception increases accordingly!

Isn’t that wonderful!  This can be taught!  It’s not really a surprise, considering everything that has been written recently about neuroplasticity.  But still – how marvelous, people can be trained to expect luck and their field of perception will increase.  I just love that.  And I love the by-products for the research participants:

The results were astounding with almost all participants reporting significant life changes: including increased levels of luck, self-esteem, physical well-being, confidence, and success.”

I’d like to end this post with a video of the person I consider the The Ambassador of Optimism – The Dalai Lama speaking about Optimism in the Face of Adversity.



Please let me know what you thought of The Dalai Lama’s video.  And  I’d love to hear about your experiences being lucky.

As always, thank you for visiting my blog.  I appreciate it.




5 thoughts on “Optimism!

  1. Wonderful blog, Patti, and an even more wonderful post! I agree wholeheartedly with your views on luck…I too have a (longish) quotation by Richard Wiseman on luck on one of my posts…and I love the quote on your ‘About’ page by Marianne Williamson. I wish more people believed in the power of positivity and serendipity; when I talk about these things, most people smile condescendingly and look at me with pity, telepathically saying to me ‘Grow up, woman, get used to the real world’. I’m thankful to have found one other person who shares my philosophy. Cheers, keep writing! 🙂


    • Thank you so much for your comment Michelle! What a lovely affirmation. I know too well that look you described that others give you – I’ve been called a “Pollyanna” more times than I can count. But that’s OK – all we can do is live our lives optimistically and be role models for those who are interested.
      Thank you again I really appreciate it.


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