5 Books to Help Your Luck

Some days it might feel like the world is against you and you are the world’s most unlucky person, but that’s not true! Thomas Jefferson once said “I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”

So while everything may seem like it’s falling apart. Take a deep breathe in and slowly release that breathe and all of the bad juju that surrounds you. Mentally press reset on yourself. Here are a few books to help you feel lucky again.

How Luck Happens: Using the Science of Luck to Transform Work, Love and Life by Janice Kaplan and Barnaby Marsh
It shouldn’t be a surprise that not all luck is a product of chance. It may shock you to learn that some of the “luckiest” people in the world are only really hard workers to paid attention to the right details. Kaplan and Marsh study what really makes luck. Their findings? Luck is something that is really in your control.


Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
I couldn’t make a list entirely about non-fiction books could I? Well that answer is yes, but there’s no fun in that. So here’s a book that takes you to another country and the possible source of luck – Ireland. The main character is suffering from a broken heart and is going through a rough patch. Suddenly she finds herself on a trip with her brother and his friend while in Ireland for their aunt’s wedding. Read this book to find out is Addie finds the luck of the Irish on her journey.


The Luck Factor: Changing Your Luck, Changing Your Life – The Four Essential Principles by Richard Wiseman
Here is another, more educational approach to luck. The author spent a lot of time conducting research and interviewing a lot of people to figure out how luck works. He has it marked down to four essential principles in which he discusses in this book. He shows that you really can change your luck through these exercises he has listed in the book.


Some Luck by Jane Smiley
Warning to those who don’t like to read series – this book does belong to a series, but it’s at least the first book in the series. This book is set in America post-World War I. Through the story, you meet a hardworking farming family. Mom and dad raise five children through the rapid changes that occurred in American society after the war. this book was also a National Book Award Nominee for Fiction in2014 along with a Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Historical Fiction and the International DUBLIN Literary Award Nominee. While this book didn’t win her the award, the author has also won a Pulitzer Prize for past work. If you enjoy family drama, give this book a try!


The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Here’s one final non-fiction read to round out our list of 5 books to help you with your luck. This one is a little more of a reach when it comes to diving into what is luck. The authors of this book spend more time discussing the impacts that have affected our lives to get us to where we are today. They ask the hard what if questions. What defining moments come to mind when you think about your current journey? Who was there? These are the kinds of questions, the authors want you to think about to show you the power of these moments.

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