Are you a 'yes' person? My friend Che lent me a book called The Luck Factor, a scientific study into why some people are 'luckier' than others. Well, my friends, I definitely think it's worth a read! I don't know if I'd go so far as to say it's a self-help book or that it's an instant cure for unlucky types, but I have to say it was certainly interesting.
The author's premise is that being lucky is a personality type and that people who are perceived to be lucky are people who lead more open lives - open to new experiences, open to taking risks and open to meeting people and broadening their horizons. I found myself nodding along as I read, mostly because I feel like I already lead my life in the way that Wiseman suggests enhances luck and, yes, I do think I've been lucky. What I think the book really aims to do is lead the reader to believe that they can change their luck and he really puts the onus on the readers to do it for themselves. Taking charge of the things you aren't happy and taking things into your own hands means you can change your perception of luck and instead of forever lamenting other people for being lucky or believe that things come easily to others, you can take ownership of your direction.
I know this is all starting to sound a bit preachy but I suppose what I'm trying to say is that saying 'yes' is the first step to making a change. Whether it's yes to trying something new for breakfast, yes to going out of your way to help someone or yes to applying for a job that scares you...it's a word we could all be using a little bit more. What will you say yes to this weekend?