Even if you don't consciously feel lucky, you behave as if you are. Don't believe us? Do you ever jaywalk, push your car beyond the speed limit or sip milk a day past its expiration date? The consequences can't happen to you, right? And you're certainly not going to get sick in your old age, are you? We all believe we're luckier than we really are. Rather than sheer naivety or fantasy, science suggests that the human brain could actually be hardwired to favor optimism over realism. And yes, that means that even the most pessimistic, gloomy people you know are prone to see the sunny side of life, too — no matter how much they might insist otherwise!
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Written by Jamie Ludwig July 17, 2017
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