How to Get Lucky

So you wanna get lucky! First, get your mind out of the gutter. Then, check out these tips on how to find fortune.


  • Step 1: Find a lucky charm Use a lucky charm. Hang a horseshoe above your front door with its ends pointing up to catch good fortune; rub a rabbit's foot, which is associated with fertility; or carry a 4-leaf clover.
  • TIP: Only 1 out of every 10,000 clovers has 4 leaves.
  • Step 2: Pick a number Choose 7 or 8 as your lucky number. The number 8 is lucky in China since it rhymes with the Chinese character for wealth. Ancient Babylonians revered the number 7 because of its association with the sun, moon, and 5 planets visible to the naked eye.
  • Step 3: Taste good fortune To ring in the new year, cook greens like kale, which Danes eat to bring prosperity, or feast on grapes -- people in Spain and some South American countries eat 12 grapes as the clock strikes midnight for luck.
  • TIP: Make sure there's at least some food on the table at midnight, a good luck custom in the Philippines.
  • Step 4: Make a wish Make a wish to get lucky. On a clear night, wish on the first star you see. Or use the wishbone -- the V-shaped clavicle bone -- from a cooked bird. Find a partner and pull opposite sides until the bone breaks -- the person with the larger piece gets their wish.
  • Step 5: Make your own luck Don't want to rely on fate? Make your own luck by living a life filled with variety -- one study found that that increased opportunities to find fortune.
  • FACT: Former NBA star Michael Jordan wore shorts from his college team under his professional uniform for good luck.

You Will Need

  • Lucky charms
  • Lucky numbers
  • Cooked greens
  • Grapes
  • Clear night
  • Cooked bird
  • Optimism

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