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Why we knock on wood, and the truth about 7 other common superstitions

The backstories behind some of the most common superstitions are pretty silly, so why do we still do them today?
A man dressed as the Chinese God of Fortune poses in front of a shopping mall decoration as part of a sales promotion celebrating the upcoming Lunar Year of the Rat January 23, 2008.

Trump may be in trouble this year, according to the Chinese Zodiac

Experts say the popular belief in Chinese culture is that people are often less lucky when they are in the same Zodiac year as when they were born.

A neuroscientist says you might be luckier than you think — here’s how to find out

Neuroscientist Moran Cerf has been studying decision-making for over a decade, and he's developed a way to determine how lucky people really are.

A neuroscientist reveals his strategy for making himself luckier

Northwestern neuroscientist Moran Cerf studies decision-making for a living, so he knows a thing or two about how to maximize happiness through choice.

In 5 years of studying rich people, I learned they make their own luck — here’s how you can make yours

Each one of the 233 millionaires in my five-year study of rich and poor people was lucky.