Being superstitious may be advantageous

What do a horseshoe, a rabbit’s foot, a four-leaf clover and a shiny penny all have in common? Someone probably took extra care to wear these items today because it’s Friday the 13th.

When the dreaded date happens to fall on everyone’s favorite day of the week, some tend to be overly superstitious and try to ward off unlucky vibes. And that is totally acceptable. It can pay to be superstitious.

Friday the 13th has inspired a novel, horror films and even a secret society, said. However, people started worrying about Friday the 13th can be traced back to the days of Hammurabi, who supposedly omitted a 13th law from his Code. While this was probably a clerical error, some say this was due to superstition.

Friday the 13th’s unlucky connotation also stems from the Bible, as 13 guests were supposed to meet at the Last Supper and the next day was Good Friday. 

Wildcats even have their own superstition rituals. UK students have often heard tale that rubbing President Patterson’s foot outside of his namesake Office Tower will give them good luck on their next exam.

Now, most of us realize that worrying too much and avoiding certain campus structures is a bit silly, but still if you believe you have gain an advantage by putting on a specific pair of socks, what can it hurt? According to Psychology Today, those who believe they have stable luck typically have a higher drive to succeed than those who think their luck is fleeting.

Superstitious people are also more likely to trust their intuition, be optimistic and take risks, Forbes reported. Believing in lucky charms may give you a lucky break, or at least give you the drive to get your lucky break.

Whatever your thing is—a specific color of nail polish or an old t-shirt— it may give you an extra confidence boost today.