With a Little Bit of Luck!

We all have friends, relatives, and acquaintances who seem to be especially lucky.

Their lives seem to be favored by fortune and have an unquantifiable charmed quality…until now.

Two gifted authors scientifically explore the theme of the “luck factor” and draw specific and practical conclusions from their research.  One is a world class magician and Ph.D. research psychologist, and the other a distinguished  international business journalist.

In this season of continuing economic recession for many people, these two books would make potentially helpful and intriguing  gifts. They would be of special value to both 20somethings who might be having trouble jumpstarting their careers and adult lives, and older folks at loose ends as the new year is upon us.

In any event, we all could use a little more luck.

You will find useful information and links below:

The Luck Factor: The Four Essential Principles by Richard Wiseman

Amazon book description: “Is luck just fate, or can you change it?”

“A groundbreaking new scientific study of the phenomenon of luck—and the ways we can bring good luck into our lives. What is luck? A psychic gift or a question of intelligence? And what is it that lucky people have that unlucky people lack? Psychologist Dr. Richard Wiseman put luck under a scientific microscope for the very first time, examining the different ways in which lucky and unlucky people think and behave. After three years of intensive interviews and experiments with over 400 volunteers, Wiseman arrived at an astonishing conclusion: Luck is something that can be learned.”



The Luck Factor: Why Some People Are Luckier Than Others and How You Can Become One of Them by Max Gunther

Amazon book description: “Max Gunther’s classic text brought back into print.”

“Luck. We can’t see it, or touch it, but we can feel it. We all know it when we experience it. It’s an obvious description of obvious events. But does it go deeper than this? And if it goes deeper, does it do so in any way which we can harness to our own and others’ advantage?

“Taking us on a richly anecdotal ride through the more popular theories and histories of luck – from pseudoscience to paganism, through mathematicians to magicians – Max Gunther arrives at a careful set of scientific conclusions as to the nature of luck, and the possibility of managing it.”


And I could not resist concluding  this blog entry with one of my absolute favorite songs —  “With A Little Bit of Luck “ from “My Fair Lady.”

Click on the link below and be charmed by the YouTube clip from the classic Broadway musical:


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