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Beware of black cats, ladders and mirrors in the coming days because Friday the 13th isLuckyClover.png upon us! For centuries, many have harbored the idea that this particular brings with it spouts of bad luck. Although it’s exact origin remains a mystery, there are a few clues that could teach us where paraskavededkatriaphobia stems from.

Our western culture has long considered 12 as the perfect number as it shows a sign of completeness. There are 12 days of Christmas, 12 months in a year and two 12-hour increments in a single day. Since the number 13 follows so closely on the heels of the ideal number, it is found to be lacking and unusual and often signifies a fear of the unknown.

Arguably, the most famous story for the unlucky 13 comes from Christianity. According to biblical tradition, Jesus was accompanied by his 12 apostles on Maundy Thursday. The next day, Good Friday, he was crucified. The seating arrangement is believed to have given rise to the longstanding superstition.

If you are one of the estimated 21 million Americans who suffer from fear of Friday the 13th, we have a few interesting ideas to increase your luck in the next 24 hours.

  1. Think positive thoughts

    Studies have shown that optimism can relieve stress and help you live longer. Have you ever noticed when you wake up in a bad mood, negative effects often ensue? Try thinking positively from the moment you get up, and we can bet a good day will follow.

  2. Use a lucky charm

    You have likely talked to someone who swears by a lucky charm. Whether it’s a rabbit’s foot or favorite pair of socks, a lucky charm can help you feel luckier, happier and more optimistic – find one that works for you.

  3. Increase your karma

    Remember the age-old guideline of “what goes around, comes around.” If you do good for others, luck will follow by returning the good back to you.

How do you feel about this unlucky day? Do you have any rituals to prepare you for the upcoming day of terror? Tell us in the comments below.

Happy Friday the 13th from Lions Pride!