4 ways to get lucky with online dating!
With St. Patrick’s Day once more upon us, many daters will be trying to channel the luck of the Irish. But can luck really help those seeking love? We think so – here’s why.
It seems that those who believe in luck really are luckier. A study by psychologists at the University of Cologne showed how belief in luck could achieve real-world results.
In their experiment, they asked students to putt a golf ball into a cup. Before making the shot, half the students were told that the ball was lucky and half were not. The lucky ball group achieved significantly more putts than the other group.
This result is great news for daters. Just think of yourself as a lucky person and the rest should follow. Cambridge University psychologist, Dr Mike Aitken, agrees that there are benefits to be had from a little self-deception. ‘Research has suggested that people who think of themselves as lucky actually are lucky, because they are more willing to take advantage of opportunities,’ he says.
Have you ever found money down the back of the sofa while searching for something else? That’s serendipity. English man of letters, Horace Walpole, coined the word in the 16th century. He was inspired after reading a Persian fairytale about princes who ‘were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of’.
Since then, the power of serendipity has led to everything from the discovery of penicillin to the invention of the microwave. The process isn’t just random however – it requires individuals to be aware of its possibility. In a nutshell, always be ready for that chance discovery.
So how does this apply to online dating? Primarily it means being open to new possibilities at all times. Widen the search and don’t be afraid to experiment. After all, there’s little to lose and much to win.
Every culture has an array of lucky charms that their bearers believe bring good luck. Do they work? Probably not, but some of them are pretty decorative objects in themselves. At the very least, they can make good talking points on a date.
Every child knows that the best luck is derived from a four-leaf clover. They also know that finding one is almost impossible – not surprising with odds of around 10,000 to 1. More easily obtainable charms include horse shoes, wishbones and the waving ceramic cats beloved of Chinese takeaways.
If you want to further increase your luck levels, consider starting a lucky zoo. The luckiest animals around the world are albatross (when seen by sailors), pigs (Germany), fish (Tunisia), white elephants (Thailand) and the Sarimanok – a legendary Filipino bird with colourful wings and a feathered tail. Your zoo might not help with online dating, but it will fill the time between messages. Good luck!
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