'Lucky charm helps you find love'
A lucky charm may help your chances in the dating game this Valentine's Day, according to a new psychological study.
Researchers found that people attending a singles event in London had more success when they carried a "lucky" quartz stone - even though only 30% believed in its power.
At the start of the evening, half the 50 participants were given the charms. Men received a small piece of rose quartz to place in a pocket while women were handed quartz stone bracelets.
Later, those who carried the charms were 67% more likely to describe their night as "successful" than those who did not.
Almost three-quarters of the party-goers given charms said they had more success meeting other singles than at similar events in the past, compared with 40% of those who were charm-less.
Professor Richard Wiseman, from the University of Hertfordshire, who carried out the research, said: "The aim of this study was to find out how daters can increase their chances of success by making tiny changes to their behaviour.
"What we've discovered is that even something as small and inconsequential as a quartz stone can have a huge effect on people's behaviour by putting them in a more positive or 'lucky' frame of mind. Singles are more likely to mingle if they feel lucky - in short, when it comes to the dating game, you really do make your own luck!
" Studies have consistently shown that lucky charms do work in a number of different areas of life, and dating is clearly no different. It may sound strange, but if you have a lucky charm then you really are more likely to make your own luck."
Prof Wiseman was commissioned to conduct the study by internet dating company Match.com.