Perhaps there is a silver lining on the horizon for the hard pressed peoples of Northern Ireland. According to a recent survey Dr Richard Wiseman, an academic specialising in psychology who began his working life as a practicing magician, the Northern Irish are the second ‘luckiest’ in the UK, only beaten by the Welsh.
The wider significance of the survey is, according to Dr Wiseman, based on 4 working characteristics of the ‘lucky’:
– they maximise their opportunities: skilled at creating, noticing and acting upon chances through networking, adopting a relaxed attitude to life and by being open to new experiences.
– they tend to make effective decisions by acting on their intuition and gut feelings.
– they go through life expecting good fortune and in the certainty that the future will be positive.
– they have the ability to turn bad fortune into good luck.