What does this mean? That people have higher trust in their own abilities?
In my eyes, addicition to gambling - or speed diets, shopping, botox, horoscopes, tarot readings or similar ways of getting hope and results quickly - is a way of escaping a seemingly hopeless situation. Sure, I am a fortuneteller too (great way to fine tune intuition) but when people try to fix their inner confidence without having to work for it, they miss out. A lottery ticket can´t replace hard work.
A Chinese proverb goes: "A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials." We need the challenges in life, and if we try to avoid them, they will keep on hunting us until we deal with them...
So is a decline in gambling a result of the life coaching trend? Are people reading self help book and discovering the unlimited power within? Is gambling nowadays considered a loser activity, since people are enlightened?
I am not sure and wish statistics and facts were also followed by some dig-deep research... They are so sterile as they are presented now. Could you give them flesh and blood? Do you know? I´d love your insights.
Don´t forget to read psychologist Richard Wiseman´s Luck Factor, amazing book that proves that luck is self-created, nothing mysterious or random.