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MELBOURNE – Your dreams are 46.5 percent more likely to come true if you gaze into the heavens – and wish for them on a star!

That’s the word from probability expert Kenyon Smith, who conducted a five-year study of adult men and women and found that those who wished for things “on stars” were much more apt to report that their dreams had, in fact, come true.

“This is highly significant,” said the Melbourne, Australia-based expert, whose exciting new book, When We Wish, is slated for a fall release.

“For one thing, it suggests that the probability of something happening can be influenced by thought and desire and possibly even supernatural intervention in human affairs.

“The implications are fascinating. But for the layman, it’s probably enough to know that wishing on stars can increase your chances of having a dream come true,” said Smith.

Smith decided to study the effects of wishing on stars after his 4-year-old daughter asked if the kiddie rhyme Star Light, Star Bright, which suggests that wishing on a star will make your dreams come true, was based in fact.

On a whim, he undertook the study. And he quickly found evidence to suggest that wishing on stars “is a smart thing to do.”

“I decided to keep the study going and as time went on, the validity of the rhyme became more and more evident,” said Smith.

“As a matter of coincidence, you would expect about 4 percent of people to realize their dreams after wishing on stars.

“But 46.5 percent goes way beyond chance. Clearly, there is a direct link between the way we wish and the chances that our wish will become reality.

“My study will continue,” he added. “Meanwhile, I strongly advise people to wish on stars if they really want their dreams to come true. You really have nothing to lose.”

According to Smith, most people who wish on stars follow these basic rules: “They make their wish silently on the first star they see at night,” he said. “And they don’t tell anyone what their wish was. They keep it to themselves.”