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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling 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.
©2018 Janice Kaplan and Barnaby Marsh (P)2018 Penguin Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Terry Lynne Hale on 06-10-18

Kaplan has Done it Again

As a fan of The Gratitude Diaries, I was eager to listen to Janice Kaplan's collaboration with Barnaby Marsh and was not disappointed. A terrific collection of stories and anecdotes, personal revelations, and insights from a variety of experts, How Luck Happens is entertaining, educational, and enlightening. She delivers these stories as if you're sitting across from her in an intimate coffee shop. Highly recommend!

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By julia ritchie on 05-08-18

Despite the title, not science-based

I only managed six chapters. Although mildly entertaining, this is not, in fact, a science-based treatment. It could more accurately be described as an ad nauseam string of anecdotes all repeating what Louis Pasteur once wisely noted: that chance favours the prepared mind.

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