are you feeling lucky?

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There is no such thing as luck, it’s actually about perception. Luck is a state of mind and it’s yours if you’re open to it. Kind of nice, huh?! Professor Wiseman, of the University of Hertfordshire, completed a 10-year study revealing that, “Lucky people generate their own good fortune via four basic principles. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.” So basically, if you believe that you are lucky, then you are lucky! Conversely, if you believe that you are unlucky, well then guess what… you’re unlucky.

So what does this mean for us? It demonstrates the power of our belief system. It’s up to you, me, us, whether or not we are lucky! It’s up to each of us to notice opportunities, listen to our intuition, to expect the positive and to cultivate a resilient attitude. Of course, the world isn’t all rainbows and unicorns but if our starting point is one of openness, confidence, optimism and trust, then we’re in a much better position to be lucky.

Easier said than done, I realize. But perhaps next time you notice your pessimism or negativity, consider how you might be able to view things differently. Notice how this subtle, though profound, shift changes things for you. Good luck! 😉

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About Jodi Rubin, ACSW, LCSW, CEDS

Jodi graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from SUNY at New Paltz and earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University. In addition to over a decade of work as an LCSW and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist with individuals, families and groups in her private practice, Jodi is a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer and created Destructively Fit®, a training that addresses eating disorders within the fitness industry. She is a former director of Day Treatment at The Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders and a founding member of Metropolitan Psychotherapy and Family Counseling Practice. Jodi also specializes in infertility and has served on the Clinical Advisory Board of Seleni Institute since its inception. Jodi is the creator of a curriculum on eating disorders for the Graduate School of Social Work at New York University and has been teaching this course, as well as guest lecturing in the NYU Post-Master’s Program, since 2007. Jodi actively lectures and teaches students, families and professionals throughout the metropolitan area about the etiology, prevention, treatment, assessment and work with eating disorders. Through psychotherapy and supportive work with adolescents, adults and families, Jodi works to create a secure sense of self, increased self-esteem and a healthy relationship with self and others. She works with an eclectic person-centered approach and tailors her practice techniques to the unique needs of each individual. Please feel free to contact Jodi directly in her Greenwich Village office, 212.529.5811. View all posts by Jodi Rubin, ACSW, LCSW, CEDS

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