I read somewhere recently that positive people are far more likely to be successful. I wish I could remember the details because it was fascinating. A study was done by looking at the authenticity of the smile in school photo’s – apparently, there is a muscle in every person’s face that just cannot lie. If you are truly happy this muscle moves – it adds the glint to your eyes. Those who were authentically happy in school photo’s – were far more likely to be successful twenty years on.
I know that ever since I won the ‘jelly bean in a jar guessing game’ at the age of eight at primary school I have thought I was a lucky person. And my luck continues. Therefore when I read this quote sent to me from my friend JC… I rather liked it.
“Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.”
Samuel Ullman (1840-1924, Educator, Writer and Poet)
If you know the source of this research of more about it please touch base… Thanks.
Alice Henderson says
Thanks, I enjoyed reading your blog.
Another great luck quote – “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the luckier I get” Thomas Jefferson
Here is a reference to the study by Dacher Keltner and LeeAnne Harker
And here is something for fun (Here is the challenge to better 17 out of 20)
Gauri Maini says
Martin E. P. Seligman writes about optimism and its linkages with success (also with combating terminal diseases) in Learned Optimism. It also has a quick test that you can use to assess your "hope" factor. Optimism and success are definitely linked