Hold on to your talisman, it might work
By Prasun Sonwalkar, London, Jan 6 (IANS):
Sceptical about using the lucky charm your well-wisher gave you? Don't be - new research suggests that keeping a talisman can really bring good luck.
If you genuinely believe that a 'taveez' (amulet), 'rudraksha' (bead) or a stone in your ring will bring you luck, it will, concludes the research involving over 100 people who carried a talisman for nearly a month.
The research, conducted by professor Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertfordshire, suggests that carrying a rabbit's foot or similar items can increase a person's sense of personal well-being and confidence, and give them positive feelings for the future.
At the end of the month, of the sample of 100 people asked to carry a talisman around for a month, approximately 30 percent reported increased luck.
Wiseman gave all participants a "lucky" Victorian coin and asked them to record their emotions and mental state.
Although the study proved that no lucky charm could increase the laws of probability for winning the national lottery, those who reported an increase in luck recorded it in terms of personal happiness, optimism and well-being.
The majority of participants said they would continue to carry the charm after the research concluded.
"I was really surprised when 70 percent of the participants said that they would not be parting with their lucky coins after the project," said Wiseman.
"Past research has shown Britain to be quite a superstitious country, and this project suggests that having some kind of lucky charm with you, whether it actually brings you luck or not, can give you a real psychological boost and positively affect the way you are."
The report also revealed that more women than men reported noticing increased good luck, which the professor attributes to cultural pressures.
"It's probably just a case that men are conditioned to be more sceptical about these things and it's therefore less acceptable for a man to be seen to believe in such things as lucky charms."
But Wiseman, who last year published an investigation into why some people appear luckier than others, entitled "The Luck Factor", argues that many people today still believe in the value of the lucky charm.
"It all just goes to prove that the lure of superstition is still with us, even in this day and age."
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