A lot of people like to look to numbers, and some people more intensely into numerology, to help them find good luck in their lives and to help predict what kind of future they might have. However, there are different numbers with the various meanings in different cultures- for example, in China, they have a passion for the number 8. This isn’t the case in Egypt, where they favor the number 12, or in England where people prefer the number 7.
And it’s not just the English who prefer the number 7. The most common lucky number in the world is 7! It has a lot of different but positive connotations across the globe, and most people will often put their faith in the number 7 to bring them good fortune, hope and success.
There are several reasons that people like the number 7 and select it to be their lucky number. There are more mundane reasons, such as the fact there are seven days in the week, seven colors and seven notes on a musical scale- a lot of people think this is significant. There are also fictitious links, such as Snow White lived with seven dwarves, Sinbad had seven teammates, James Bond’s code name was 007 and famous playwright William Shakespeare wrote that men had seven different ages. The number seven crops up over history time and time again, and this has given it a certain amount of importance and significance to people.
Some people like the number 7 for mathematical reasons. It can’t be split evenly by any number, and it doesn’t comply with a lot of mathematical rules, making it a little bit quirky and different. 7 is also a prime number, which again, makes it a little bit different from some of the other numbers.
A more scientific reason behind the reasoning as to why we favor 7 as a lucky number comes down to the fact that it isn’t as common as other numbers. Almost 100% of people pick a lucky number between 1 and 10, and more often than not it’s an odd number- that number being 7. In Western culture particularly, we favor odd numbers over even ones when it comes to lucky numbers. However, we don’t like the number three as it is everywhere- three colors at the traffic lights, three meals in a day, three primary colors. We also don’t favor the number five as the human mind prefers rounding numbers up to figures of 10, which makes 5, the number in the middle, seem unappealing. The next odd number is 7, and so it is selected by most as a lucky number.