"According to data from the University of Cologne in Germany...positive superstitions can enhance performance. Participants who were issued a lucky ball, allowed to use a personal amulet, or wished good luck before a game or task, performed better than those who weren't prompted to consider the idea of good fortune." ~ Whole Living Magazine, November 2010.
My family was never particularly superstitious, although my dad usually threw salt over his left shoulder when he spilled it and was known to "knock on wood" from time to time. Being church folks, there was little attention paid to old wive's tales as cautions for day to day life. But my dad was adamant about the traditions and superstitions around holidays. My parents never let on that Santa or the Easter Bunny were not real.
As one of the last kids in the neighbourhood to still believe in the Easter Bunny, I was ridiculed relentlessly. That last year - sticking to my guns - I put out my Easter basket and left a note. It went something like this:
"Dear Easter Bunny, The other kids say you aren't real. I think you are. No one else knows my favourite kind of Easter eggs."
The next morning, I had one of the biggest hauls of Easter candy ever. Favourite eggs and all. My friends were awed.
To this day I throw salt over my left shoulder, say "bless you" when someone sneezes, look for four-leaf clovers in the yard and put out my Easter/Ostara basket. And you know what? I always get my favourite eggs.
Are there any superstitions that have stayed with you?