How Luck Happens

Using the Science of Luck to Transform Work, Love, and Life
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New York Times bestselling author Janice Kaplan examines the phenomenon of luck--and discovers the exciting ways you can grab opportunities and make luck for yourself every day.

After spending a year researching and experiencing gratitude for The Gratitude Diaries, Janice Kaplan is back to tackle another big, mysterious influence in all our lives: luck. And this time she's joined on her journey by coauthor Dr. Barnaby Marsh, a renowned academic who guides her exploration.

Together they uncover the unexpected, little-understood science behind what we call "luck," proving that many seemingly random events are actually under your--and everyone's--control. They examine the factors that made stars like Harrison Ford and Jonathan Groff so successful, and learn the real secrets that made Kate Spade and Warby Parker into global brands. Using original research, fascinating studies, and engaging interviews, Kaplan and Marsh reveal the simple techniques to create luck in love and marriage, business and career, and health, happiness, and family relationships. Their breakthrough insights prove that all of us--from CEOs to stay-at-home moms--can tip the scales of fortune in our favor.

Through a mix of scientific research, conversations with famous and successful people--from academics like Dan Ariely and Leonard Mlodinow to actor Josh Groban--and powerful narrative, How Luck Happens uncovers a fascinating subject in accessible and entertaining style.

Praise

“A delight...chock full of good advice about how to make your own luck.”
—Daniel Gilbert, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and bestselling author of Stumbling on Happiness

“As much as we hate to admit it, luck plays a huge role in our lives. This sprightly book explores whether we might be able to make a little more of it.”
—Adam Grant, bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg

“A game-changer! Clear, smart, and elegantly written, How Luck Happens is an ingenious treatise on how to make your own luck.  I was transfixed, and now have a pile of science-based strategies to make my dreams come true. You will too.”
—Helen Fisher, Research Fellow, The Kinsey Institute, and bestselling author of The Anatomy of Love
 
“In this genial, upbeat overview...the authors illustrate how individuals managed successfully to place the constellations of good fortune in alignment.” 
—Kirkus

“This intelligent, entertaining book is the most compelling argument to date that you make your own luck.”
Martin E.P. Seligman, Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and bestselling author of Learned Optimism

“Nothing is more important than luck. How Luck Happens reveals the science behind the mystery of luck and shows you how to create more for yourself.  Getting lucky never felt so good.”
—Paul J. Zak, author of Trust Factor and The Moral Molecule

“Finally! A thoughtful book that shows how people are able to generate an abundance of luck for themselves and others. Read this book to open your mind and heart to new possibilities and most importantly, the chance to start making a luckier world.”
—Deepak Chopra, bestselling author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and You Are the Universe

“Luck is something we can probably all agree we want more of — and it turns out it might actually be possible to get it… Using the examples of successful people, companies, and even relationships, [Janice Kaplan and Barnaby Marsh] look at the techniques we can use to improve our lives.”
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