Happy St. Patrick’s Day! If you are looking for a wee bit of the luck o' the Irish, the library received a new book this week that might help.
Check out: How Luck Happens: Using the Science of Luck to Transform Work, Love, and Life by Janice Kaplan and Barnaby Marsh.
The authors have mixed scientific research with the experiences of famous and successful people to try to discover how everyone can become “lucky”. We often think of luck as random events over which we have no control that affect our lives. The authors claim that this is not necessarily true and that our own thoughts and actions contribute more than we think to our fortune in life. They show how we all can use their discoveries to “tip the scales of luck” in our favor.
The book begins by helping us understand exactly what luck is. It shares a quote from Seneca - “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” The authors cite examples showing how many times what we look at as luck is actually the result of a string of decisions that we have made, often without realizing their contribution. It goes on to show how we can become more aware of what steps we should take in order to create luck that will make our lives happier and more successful. Even our attitude can make a huge difference.
If you would like to work on becoming more lucky, this book can be found in the non-fiction section of the library in Dewey number 158. Wishing you Good Luck!