Good luck: Is it coincidental or encouraged?
Among those who subscribe to the idea of luck, some believe good luck occurs at random while others assert it can be encouraged through the use of charms and rituals. A few common “good luck charms” include four-leaf clovers, a rabbit’s foot (discussed in a previous slide), horseshoes, and pennies picked up off the ground. In regards to fortune-inducing practices, some of the more well-known ones are crossing one’s fingers, knocking on wood, and blowing on dice. While the histories of these beliefs come from around the globe, they are all intended to bring good luck. Whether or not they actually work, there is no scientific evidence to back their validity. This lack of a logical, rational foundation, however, has not stopped people from believing in these charms and engaging in these rituals. Going back to the psychological aspect of superstitions, people want to feel they have control over their fates, and these beliefs offer them that security, be it illusory or not.