What exactly is good luck and inspiration
What is inspiration? What is luck? How and why do some people have good luck?
It is well known that many so-called 'lucky people' carry lucky charms or a talisman like a lucky horseshoe, clover, ladybird or Indalo. Millions of people (possibly billions) believe in luck. The British Museum has a complete collection of lucky charms dating back centuries. Some of the most powerful people in the world believe in good luck charms: President Roosevelt carried a rabbit's foot in his jacket. Napoleon carried a lucky coin; and during the election campaign, Barack Obama carried an array of good luck charms in his pocket. Why?
What exactly is good luck? And how can we get it?
Although there is no exact definition, many people believe that luck is best explained as the faith that people have in it . . they expect good luck.
A study by two British Universities (Edinburgh and the University of Hertfordshire) confirms this. It shows that many people who, for example, carry good luck charms not only FEEL that their luck is better because of it - but also that, in reality, they have a 'luckier' life . . with their good fortune improving on a daily basis and with every particular task and event. For people with a religious background, this belief can be due to their belief in an element of providence - a manifestation of God's care and guardianship, or of a deity's divine intervention. For others, it can simply be a question of inspiration and motivation - the power of faith.
One thing that Good Luck is NOT, is fate - which is purely a chance happening of a fortunate event. Indeed, pure chance (not good luck per se), is an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another . . like serendipity - the ability of making fortunate discoveries by accident. Nor is Good Luck destiny - which is the so-called inevitable fate to which a particular person is destined.
In truth, luck is BELIEVING - whether it is in a recognised symbol of good luck (like a 4-leafed clover or a horseshoe, for example); a 'totem' with supposed magical powers (like the lucky Indalo), or in a 'religious symbol (like the Christian Fish or Cross). This has been proved by recent research at the University of Cologne, in Germany. Good luck comes about from a belief (or faith) in a good outcome of an event that is so strong that it leads to a subsequent improvement in performance. (Hence the close tie between good luck and religious faith / providence - and so-called Gifts of Faith.)
Why lucky charms?
Good Luck is certainly considered fortunate and lots of people carry some sort of lucky charm (or object of religious faith or inspiration) to help their life go a little bit better. Once someone recognises the positive energy of a lucky object, they allow that object to realise it’s potential to do good . . it INSPIRES them.
So, to attract Good Luck, people equip themselves with so-called 'Lucky Charms'.
Indeed, at some point in their lives, most people have possessed a good luck charm, amulet or talisman. This is particularly true amongst sports people, politicians and actors.
Michael Jordan, the famous Chicago Bulls basketball star, spent his entire NBA career wearing his old University of North Carolina shorts under his team shorts - for good luck.
Many people genuinely believe that if they carry a good luck charm, it will bring them good fortune and prosperity, and that it will make their day go just that little bit better than normal.
And now, with the latest study by the University of Cologne (see Dail Mail article), this has been proved to be true. It is BELIEF (in good luck charm - or a symbol of faith like a Christian fish or cross) that makes people have more luck. Lucky 'charms' are often thought to have 'magical' powers: And there is nothing wrong with that. People have put their faith is inexplicable symbols, beliefs and religions since time began.
In Japan, especially during the spring exam time, people go to shrines and temples - but not to pray. They write their wishes on a wooden tablet called an 'ema' that has a picture of a horse on the back, and then hang the tablet in the temple. Long ago, people believed that the Gods rode horses, and so an ema was a way of asking the Gods to come and help them. And, just like many other people throughout the world today, they really believe that it works. Children in school put lucky charms on their desks, attach them to cell phones, and so on. The point is - they BELIEVE it will work.
Luck is not just chance
In 2004, Professor Wiseman (University of Hertfordshire in the UK, author of the research article "Why lucky charms matter" referenced above), asked:
"Is there a distinction between chance and luck?"
"Yes," he said, "there's a big distinction. Chance events are like winning the lottery. They're events over which we have no control, other than buying a ticket."
Report on the BBC
Luck, on the other hand, comes about by believing. In other words, luck is having faith. Tennessee Williams wrote: "Luck is believing you are lucky" And many people think that there is power in a thought made concrete by a lucky charm - being a constant reminder of purpose and desire - and an inspiration to succeed.
So, expect good fortune and you just might get it. Which is why, gifting a 'good luck' gift is giving a present that has real meaning and, in all liklihood, real effect.
Henry Ford summed it up another way:
"If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right!"
Perhaps this is why, over the centuries, belief and faith have become entangled in so-called superstition - something to which many people feel inwardly obliged to adhere. This is typically manifested by, for example, the tradition of touching wood (or 'knocking on wood') which dates back thousands of years, or crossing one's fingers. Even these days, there are few people who will openly tempt their superstitions. This is because it would go against their inwardly-held beliefs . . one sure way to attract BAD luck. In fact, so many people avoid the number 13 that it is often absent from the floor of a hotel or the seat number on a plane.
SO, how can we help at good-luck-gifts.com?
Almost every day, millions of us wish each other "Good Luck" for many different occasions and for all the important events of our lives. Whenever someone goes for an important appointment, we wish them the ‘best of luck’. Indeed, many believe that having good luck on their side is almost as important as trying hard. Everyone wishes to have a happy and successful life and, for that reason, a good luck wish or an inspirational gift from a friend or colleague is always appreciated. In many cases, it also has a distinctly positive result (it really WORKS!)
Here at good-luck-gifts.com, we have designed and sourced lucky and inspirational gifts that are SPECIFICALLY intended to pass on this Good Luck belief . . It helps your friends and loved-ones avoid bad luck by giving them faith and belief.
"Luck affects everything," wrote Ovid. And, for many people, the manifestation of Good Luck is prosperity and success.
So hopefully, we can help your friends succeed and prosper with one of our little gifts of good luck or inspiration.
* How to say Good Luck in other languages
* Lucky Amulets & Talismans according to Wikipedia
* Charm bracelets as lucky amulets and talismans