The Luck Of the Irish Smiles On You

How to Make 2017 Your Luckiest Year Yet

Thomas Jefferson once said, “I’m a great believer in luck, and I horseshoefind the harder I work the more I have of it.” Good luck often seems to come your way when you put in the hard work that comes along with it. This isn’t always easy, but the payoff is well worth it in the end. Here are five ways you can improve your life this St. Patrick’s Day, and bring a little more luck into it as well:

  1. Make one night a week a “blackout night.” Do you ever notice how often people seem to have their faces buried in their smart phones? Sure modern technology and social media are great, but so many times it causes us to focus too much on the digital world and not enough on the people around us. Take one night a week and designate that a “blackout night.” No media allowed. Play a board game with your family or go on a walk with friends. Really connect with the people around you, and relish in how lucky you are to have them in your life.

  2. Start a budget. This is one of the best things you can do for yourself financially, and with convenient apps like My Finance Tool in Online Banking, it's easier than ever. Not only will it help you feel like you’re more in control of your money, but you can also plan for important milestones such as that big home renovation or family vacation. You won’t believe how much luckier you’ll feel when you can confidently say how much money you have and where it’s going.

  3. Start an exercise plan. Have you been meaning to start exercising but can never seem to find the time or motivation? If you have an hour to spare for watching TV or surfing the Internet, you can fit in an hour for exercise. Plus there's hundreds of exercise apps out there that will make exercise fun, easy and keep you motivated. Regular exercise doesn’t just improve your physical health, but can also improve your focus, help you sleep better at night and be more proactive during the day. All those benefits in one? Sounds like a win-win.

  4.  Plan ahead. Get in the habit each night of preparing for the next day: Packing lunches, prepping breakfast and dinner.  That way you will not be tempted to buy convenience food on the run, because you are rushed. This will help you be healthier and also feel less stressed during the day.

  5. Unsubscribe. Remove the temptation of impulse buying online by unsubscribing from retail emails. This can take some time, but, ultimately, you will save time and money by not being bombarded with email “deals” tempting you to buy. 

    Sometimes it seems like luck only shines down on a special few. But with planning, hard work and a little ambition, you can feel like the luckiest person in the room!