Penny for a Thought: How Luck is Mostly Perception and Attitude

If you found money on the floor, would you pick it up?  There is an old urban legend if you see a penny on the floor and it’s head side up, pick it up because it’s good luck.  If it’s faced down, leave it alone; it’s bad luck.  In the current state of the U.S. economy, I say that finding money on the floor, heads up or down, is lucky.  (I think I’m lucky that people leave money for me laying around just because it’s face down.) 
Our thoughts are more powerful than we think.  Our thoughts affect our attitude, which in turn affect our choices, then affects our life’s results and consequences.  People who carry a penny that they believe to be un/lucky will let it affect them consciously and subconsciously.  I choose to believe that every penny (and sometimes quarters or even dollar bills) that come my way is lucky.  Even if one cent is a miniscule amount, I’m thankful for every penny I have. 
For the few months, every single coin I’ve found on the floor has been head side down.  They have been collecting in a jar for my son’s college fund, which has about $70 in change.  Having free money to add on top of his current 529 college fund is what I consider lucky.

1 comment:

  1. I'm studying Positive Psychology, and this sort of thing comes up often. Individuals who have a more positive outlook on life tend to have more good things happen to them- probably because they are more open to good things, they notice good more than bad, and their attitude creates better opportunities for them, etc. It's so amazing how much difference our attitudes can make!


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