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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.

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  1. 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

    So true.

  2. 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

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