Nervous about an upcoming presentation? Boost your performance with the help of a lucky charm. Superstitions can help us do better.
Baseball players are a notoriously superstitious bunch. From Big Papi’s spitting in his palms to Nomar Garciaparra’s constant glove-tightening, many MLB-ers believe these rituals can help them do better. New research suggests they might be right. Indulging your superstitions can help boost self-confidence, according to a new study published in the journal Psychological Science. If it helps you feel better, there’s no reason not to use your lucky rabbit’s foot, say the study’s scientists. Just be careful not to rely on them too heavily. You don’t want to flunk an exam or flub a job interview because you left your good luck charm at home.