Embracing Serendipity


Serendipity: “The occurrence of events by events by chance in a happy or beneficial way”-Oxford Dictionary 

People often do not take into consideration the importance of serendipitous moments. These words can open mental doors that you would not have thought possible. After reading this post, when you are with your children and grandchildren, I guarantee that you will know how to make them aware of the importance of serendipitous happenings.

Did You Know within serendipitous moments some of the most important discoveries have been made:

  1. The microwave
  2. Penicillin
  3. Post-it-notes
  4. “The Pill” 

Researchers at the University College of London decided to find out if there was a specific set of patterns to people’s serendipity experiences? The answer is, yes!

Dr. Stephan Makri discovered that “Moments of serendipity are more than an accident. While none of the people engineered the opportunities that came their way, they all had two things in common.”

  1. They had the wisdom to realize an opportunity was being presented to them.
  2. They seized the opportunity and took action. 

“It seems that unlucky people are generally more tense than lucky people, and this anxiety disrupts their ability to notice the unexpected,” says Dr. Richard Weisman, a psychologist.  “They miss opportunities because they are too focused or looking for something else. Lucky people are more relaxed and open, which means they see what is there.”

I had two wonderful serendipity experiences last week. My husband had one and I had to point it out to him. It is important to take note of these moments! He is a successful businessman. I am a wife, daughter, mom, grandmother and a happy daily blogger. Isn’t it funny, I thought he would have been the one to notice?

Dr. Weisman has a few tips for those of you who want to learn how to spot serendipity and pass your knowledge of information on to your children and grandchildren.

  1. Be outgoing. The more people you meet=the more chance encounters.
  2. Be able to deviate from plans. Unlucky people do not like to break their routine.
  3. Realize that serendipity moments make life more interesting.
  4. Be aware. Be a good listener.

As a grandmother, I think our grandchildren’s increased reliance on technology is reducing serendipitous opportunities. That is very sad because when all is said and done: people need people.  Without personal conversation, serendipitous experiences will go by the wayside…. “unlucky” to my way of thinking.