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What, in your opinion, does 'good luck' or 'bad luck' consist of?

People talk about having 'good luck' or 'bad luck'. Is this something that you think is just random chance or is there something "controlling" it?

 


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Iseult
posted 26-Oct-2009 5:35pm  
Your perspective, really. Discarding negative experiences + positive thinking = good luck. And vice versa.

It's nothing to do with luck really (with few coincidences; for example, winning the lottery). Some people just know how to make things work for them.
LindaH
posted 26-Oct-2009 6:31pm  
Random chance. Nothing controls it.
cerealkiller
posted 26-Oct-2009 7:10pm  
Karma
Richard47
posted 26-Oct-2009 11:36pm  
For the sake of this question, I think that the concept of luck is undefinitive, even more so with the associated adjectives and one cannot apply a measure to it. It could mean everything or nothing.
Jody
posted 27-Oct-2009 8:11am  
Hope for the best and plan for the worst seems to get the best results for me.
dab
posted 27-Oct-2009 8:17am  
There's nothing like fate or karma or any deities but it's more than random chance. It's random chance plus people's perceptions, awareness, opinions and attitudes. In other words, to a great extent luck is what people make of random chance.
dab
(reply to Iseult) posted 27-Oct-2009 8:19am  
Well put.
Iseult
(reply to dab) posted 27-Oct-2009 8:25am  
Thank you.
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 27-Oct-2009 10:37am  
I know it's random, but sometimes I entertain the notion that a specific person or object has a certain knack for luck whether it be good or bad. It's just a human thing that can soften the edge of random events.
mandy
posted 27-Oct-2009 4:35pm  
action=consequence
coupled with
the energy, be it negative or positive that we put out....seems to reflect right back.
LindaH
(reply to mandy) posted 27-Oct-2009 5:14pm  
Not always, unfortunately. smiley:::wry smile
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 27-Oct-2009 11:02pm  
My SO was recently telling me about a study in which people who said they had bad luck were taught to change it by thinking more positively. It worked in a huge majority of cases. That suggests to me that it's all about your own expectations and self-sabotage.
they Survey Central Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 4-Nov-2009 10:13am  
You shouldn't question it. You should just follow the rules -- Just in case.

Here are a few to get you started:

1. Put your right shoe on first.
2. Do not walk under ladders.
3. Never match your socks.
4. Blow eyelashes and wish.
5. Anytime you look at a clock and the numbers have any signifigance or are in order or all the same (12:34, 3:33, 4:56, etc.), make a wish.
6. Do not kill crickets indoors.
7. When you make a wish, never stray from your main wish. Keep it consistant. A stray wish can fudge everything up.
Rosemary
posted 7-Nov-2009 4:21am  
I donno
ihatespiders
posted 8-Nov-2009 9:56pm  
Cause and effect, action and reaction. Also negitive and positive thinking.
Snoopyfan
posted 14-Nov-2009 3:43pm  
Really, there's no such thing as "luck." God is One of providence: He alone guides all the affairs of men.
dab
(reply to Snoopyfan) posted 14-Nov-2009 6:41pm  
If that's true, that a God "guides all the affairs of men", then he is one sick bastard.
Snoopyfan
(reply to dab) posted 30-Aug-2012 2:36pm  
We are the one's who are sick: not God. See Jeremiah 17: 9.
dab
(reply to Snoopyfan) posted 30-Aug-2012 9:28pm  
I can see you didn't actually read what I wrote. You said that "God alone guides all the affairs of men". If that's the case, then it doesn't matter if people are sick or not, it's God guiding the affairs so God has to be given responsibility for what happens. If HE ALONE guides ALL the affairs, then HE ALONE is SOLELY responsible.

Of course if God is not guiding things, or if there is no God at all, then you're right and it's humans' responsibility for the crappy things that humans do.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 6-Nov-2017 11:46am  
'Just bad luck' is what I tell patients they have when they have a terrible illness and it's too late for lifestyle modification to make any difference ('Yes, your 40 a day cigarette habit has contributed to your terminal lung cancer, but not everyone gets lung cancer when they smoke and to some extent it's just bad luck...') There's no benefit to making them spend the last months of their life feeling guilty.

'You've been very lucky ' is what I tell patients who still have the opportunity to learn an important lesson about lifestyle factors. This time, their 40 a day habit has just resulted in chest pain from a gastric ulcer. Next time it may be a heart attack that they may not survive or that may result in heart failure that severely limits their life. It's not about scaring them (I'm not the Ghost of Christmas Future). I try to frame it as an opportunity. It won't change most people, but I only need to persuade one person to make a positive lifestyle change, and it will be well worth it.
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