You may not think you are, but it appears that 75% of us are superstitious, and after the 18 months we’ve all endured, it seems we’re wishing for good health above all else.

Millions of us refuse to walk under ladders, avoid crossing the pathway of a black cat, and are terrified of breaking a mirror, according to new stats. 

Research from 888 Poker has found that almost three quarters (74%) of the population describe themselves as ‘superstitious’, while less than half (44%) consider themselves ‘lucky’. 

“Find a penny, pick it up, and all day long you’ll have good luck.” This old-school poem just so happens to be the most common superstition amongst our culture, as 39% of us still consider finding a penny and picking it up to be good luck. 

Other fallacies of good luck that we’ve admitted to following include owning a lucky item of clothing (9%), throwing a penny into a wishing well (18%), and the faithful beginners luck (23%). 

On the other hand, not all superstitions provide us with gleaming luck, as one in three (33%) of us believe that walking under a ladder poses the greatest risk of bad luck, even more so than breaking a mirror (24%) or black cats crossing over your path (15%). 

THE TOP 5 SUPERSTITIONS IN THE UK

  1. Find a penny, pick it up (39%)
  2. Avoid walking under ladders (33%)
  3. Breaking a mirror (24%)
  4. Beginners luck (23%)
  5. Knock on wood (22%)
Can a rusty old horseshoe really bring you luck?

In terms of age, 16-24 year old’s (79%) were most likely to confess to being superstitious. Although, when bad luck is considered, the older generation are certainly more cautious as 40% of people aged 65+ consider walking under a ladder to be serious bad luck, while only 23% of 16-25 year old’s agree. 

There appears to be an even split between both genders when considering they’re luckiness, albeit women are way more likely to not tell their birthday wishes (14% v 5%) in case they don’t come true. 

Additionally, the North-South divide concept also appears to be relevant in terms of how superstitious people are. Only 36% of people from Northern England consider themselves lucky, whilst 57% of their Southern counterparts believe they’re blessed with luck. More than half of locals from Leeds (53%) and Sheffield (61%) don’t consider themselves lucky, whilst 59% of Londoners believe they’re blessed with beginners luck. 

When it comes to wishes, whether birthday related or from flipping a penny into a well, good health (46%), more money (42%) and a new job (18%) top the list.

Superstitions are actually long-held beliefs that appear to be based on coincidence or tradition rather than logic or facts. They are often connected to pagan beliefs or religious practices that were widespread in the past.

Our ancestors didn’t come up with superstitions because they were more naive than we are, but because they lacked many solid ways to influence the survival outcomes of their lives. Superstitions offered a way to feel more in control, the same way they do now. That’s why highly educated people still believe in certain superstitions.

Most superstitions are of course fun and mostly harmless, whether you really believe in them or not. But some can affect mental health conditions, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Here’s a few more superstitions, some of which we’ve never come across before……..

  • Ears Are Burning – If your ears are burning, someone is talking about you.
  • Itchy Palms – Itchy palms mean you might soon gain or lose money.
  • Wishing At 11:11 – If you look at a clock when it is 11:11 and make a wish, it will come true (or will it).
  • Bad News Comes In Threes – If two unlucky events occur in a short time, a third will happen soon.
  • Seeing the bride the night before the wedding – To this day, spouses avoid seeing each other the night before the wedding.