Have you ever used the term one in a million to describe the odds of something happening that you would term a miracle? Most people would agree that any event that occurs with the probability of one in a million is pretty unlikely and therefore near miraculous. However, if I were to turn around and tell you that something like that happens once a month you would find it incredulous.

In a theory called the Littlewood theory, John Littlewood postulated that a miracle occurs every month. In order to calculate the odds of this happening, he assumed that you are awake on average for eight hours. A discrete event (in mathematical terms, any event that can be isolated as an event by itself with no bearing on anything else) occurs every second. Therefore the total number of events is approximately 30,000 per day. If you do the math, this quickly adds up to you witnessing 1 million discrete events every month.

The key to living a life filled with miracles is to fill every second of your life doing things the outcome of which you would believe to be a miracle. This puts a new light on the adage live your life as if it is the last second of your life, not because it is but because it can lead to miracles in your life. Fill your life with friends and family who care, use your active time to do the things that matter to you and spend your time thinking about things that would result in positive outcome for your life. Treat each second as it were precious and who knows a miracle may actually occur.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.