In the past few years, one of the biggest thought epidemics or fads (depending on you opinion of it) is the “Law of Attraction.” The movement got a huge push and air of credibility when Oprah Winfrey endorsed it in 2007. She retroactively credited this “law’s” style of thinking for bringing her her good fortune. (If you didn’t know, Oprah is probably the wealthiest self-made woman in the world.) The basic idea behind this theory (or “law” if you believe in it,) is that you can attract anything into your life by thinking about it. Believers of the Law of Attraction will tell you that your thoughts and emotions are responsible for just about everything good and bad that happens to you. In fact, they will say that everything that happens on Earth is due to the beliefs, expectations, and feelings of the humans inhabiting it.
Whether or not you believe in the infamous Law of Attraction there is certainly a realistic basis for it. All metaphysics and hocus-pocus aside, there is good reason to treat this “law” as a law. There is a Psychology 101 concept known as self-fulfilling prophecy. When we expect something to happen, we subconsciously take the actions that would lead it’s fulfillment. For instance, if you believe you are going to nail a job interview, you’ll be more excited to go, which will give you more energy and be able to think on your feet, and you’ll be more likely to get hired. Also we tend to notice things on our minds. For instance, you can find a Honda Civic in any American parking lot, but rarely do we pay attention to them–it’s just another car. However, if you’re planning on buying a Civic, it will be meaningful to you. You’ll start noticing Civics as they pass you by. It may seems like you are suddenly “attracting” Civics into your life. This is another psychological phenomenon known as “confirmation bias”–we have a belief, then find any fact to support it.
What matters is not whether or not your thoughts can magically give you what you want. What matters is that you can actually get what you want. The hocus-pocus of the Law of Attraction may seem like nonsense to you, or maybe you like that stuff. Either way, you stand to gain by acting in it’s accordance. Magic or not, perception is reality. Think positively and you’ll see a better life for yourself.