As of this writing, nobody has won the giant Powerball jackpot, which seems to be the biggest in lottery history.
The odds are staggering. Surely, the person who wins the prize will be considered the luckiest person on Earth. And what is luck, exactly?
Merriam-Webster defines luck as the things that happen to a person because of chance; the accidental way things happen without being planned.
Do you believe in luck or do you think things happen because of fate? I always say there are no accidents, so maybe that means I don’t believe in luck.
I did some research and found there are plenty of “luck experts” out there. Many are psychologists who claim to know more than the rest of us about such topics.
Some of the experts say we can actually attract luck by doing a few things.
Most agree that feeling optimistic improves our chances. I am not at all sure how they measured this, but I am just passing it on.
Other luck experts say having some sort of lucky charm can help improve the chances since it will boost confidence.
That just seems silly, but I have never been a superstitious sort of person.
Some luck gurus say to help improve “luckiness,” we should try to look for the good in even bad situations.
I agree finding positives in negative situations is good for our mental state. It just makes sense to try to look for the good. I am not sure why that helps in the luck department though.
Although I am no luck expert, I do think having a positive attitude just makes us happier people.
In addition, people are attracted to positive people. Happiness is truly contagious.
We rarely feel bad when smiling and laughing. I don’t know if that helps in the luck department, but when given a choice, my guess is everybody would rather be happy and positive than sad and negative.
Lucille Ball (1911-89) was arguably one of the funniest and talented women of all time. And a phenomenal business woman as well.
Her take on luck is this: “Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: hard work — and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.”
After discussing this topic with Paul, he told me he was going to “happily” buy a few lottery tickets with confidence.
Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.