The Power of Lucky Charms
It is said that a belief in good luck can affect performance. For example, in a test conducted by the University of Cologne, there was a 35% improvement on the putting green when playing with a “lucky ball.” The results suggested new thinking in how to view luck, prompting psychologists to explore ways to tap into people’s belief in good luck.
Proven or not, receiving a gift with a good luck omen can make us feel luckier. With the New Year quickly approaching, a kind gesture of good luck is a great way to start the year.
The four-leaf clover has always been considered a lucky charm taken from the old Irish rhyme:
One leaf is for fame,
And one leaf is for wealth,
And one is for a faithful lover,
And one is to bring you glorious health,
Are all in the four-leaved clover.
Snap a wishbone in half, and legend says that anyone holding the longer piece will have their fortune fulfilled. A wish for a new life, happinesss, success… and all things wonderful.
Across civilization, cultures and generations, specific numbers have represented different meanings. To some, one number may promise more than another. In Thailand, the number 9 represents progress. Chinese fortune famously relies on the number 8 for good luck. Across the globe, a lucky number 7 could represent the winning ticket of one’s dreams.
Iron protects horses’ hooves from the perils of a long journey. No wonder that horseshoes are believed to protect us from harm and misfortune, bringing eternal good luck.
Crystals and gemstones have been used as talismans for thousands of year and believed jewelry was worn before people started wearing clothes. Clear stones symbolize pure energy and suggest success.