How to Attract Good Luck

There Really Is a Way

Do you want good luck? Of course you do. We all need that extra “something” to help us in life.

One of the most intriguing and little-known books in the New Thought tradition offers a straightforward and ethical recipe for cultivating your inner “rabbit’s foot.” The book is How to Attract Good Luck. Although it may sound like a gambling guide, it is the furthest thing from it.

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A rare photo of A.H.Z. Carr (1902–1971)

Economist, journalist, and diplomat A.H.Z. Carr wrote the book in 1952. Carr had served as an economic advisor in the presidential administrations of Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman, and spent time on economic and diplomatic missions in Europe and the Far East. He amassed a great deal of experience observing how most personal misfortune arises from impetuous, shortsighted, or unethical behavior.

By “luck” Carr was referring not to blind chance but rather to how we can bend circumstances to our favor through specific patterns of behavior. Here I digest some of his insights on how virtue pays:

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Mitch Horowitz is a PEN-Award winning historian the author of Occult America and One Simple Idea, a history and analysis of positive thinking. He is writing a new book on the importance of having a definite aim in life. Mitch narrates an audio edition of How to Attract Good Luck. Visit him at

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