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The Truth About “What You Wish For Won’t Come True”–Your Reality Check

Have you ever wished for something so badly that you felt like it was destined to come true?

Maybe you wished for a new job, a romantic partner, or a better life for yourself.

But despite all your hopes and dreams, your wish never came true. It’s a frustrating and disappointing experience, but it’s also a reminder that we don’t always get what we want.

In this article, I’ll explore the idea that what you wish for won’t always come true, and we’ll discuss why this is sometimes the case.

We’ll also offer some practical advice for dealing with unfulfilled wishes and finding happiness and fulfillment in life.

What is the science behind “wishing something”?

There is no scientific basis for the concept of “wishing” or the belief that wishes can come true. The idea of making a wish and having it come true is a common motif in folklore and mythology, but it has no scientific basis. 

The tradition of making a wish by blowing out the candles on a birthday cake originates with the ancient Greeks. Wrote VikingFusion

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In psychology, the act of making a wish may be seen as a form of self-talk or positive thinking, in which we try to convince ourselves that something will happen or that we can achieve a certain goal. 

This is called: Self-Persuasion-Wikipedia

This can be a useful way to motivate ourselves and boost our confidence, but it doesn’t have any real effect on the physical world or on the likelihood of our wishes coming true.

Overall, the science behind “wishes” is limited to their psychological effects on the person making the wish. There is no evidence to suggest that wishes can affect the physical world or influence events in any way.

Why our wishes don’t always come true

There are many reasons why our wishes don’t always–or at all come true.

Hypothetical Reason 1:

One of the most common reasons is that we often wish for things that are beyond our control. For example, we may wish for a promotion at work, but it’s ultimately up to our boss and the company to decide if we get it.

We may wish for a romantic partner, but we can’t control who we fall in love with or whether they feel the same way.


Hypothetical Reason 2:

Another reason our wishes don’t always come true is that we often wish for things that are unrealistic or unattainable.

We may wish for fame, wealth, or power, but these things are often beyond our reach, no matter how hard we try and only God knows how badly I wished for these myself!

We may also wish for things that are impossible, such as time travel or the ability to fly. How many times when I was young did I wish that Doc Brown’s flying DeLorean was real and I could go into the future?

Hypothetical Reason 3:

Our wishes may not come true because of the role of chance and circumstance in our lives. Even if we do everything right and put in the effort, there are still factors outside of our control that can prevent our wishes from coming true.

For example, we may be in the right place at the right time for a job opportunity, but another candidate may have better qualifications and get the job instead.

TCBY Wish did a survey on “if you believe that wish come true or not” and it has been found that the majority of Americans believe wishes will come true–55% believes they won’t come true if you tell someone about your wishes. – source: Deseret

How to cope with unfulfilled wishes

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Dealing with unfulfilled wishes can be difficult and disappointing, but there are some practical strategies you can take to cope with this situation and move forward.

Strategy 1:

One of the most important things to do is to accept that your wish did not come true. This can be hard, but it’s essential for moving on and finding fulfillment in other areas of your life.

Try not to dwell on the unfulfilled wish or blame yourself or others for it not coming true. Instead, focus on the present and on what you can control.

Strategy 2:

Another useful strategy is to shift your focus from the unfulfilled wish to other aspects of your life. Instead of dwelling on what you don’t have, try to appreciate the good things in your life and the opportunities you do have. This can help you maintain a positive outlook and find fulfillment in other areas of your life.

Strategy 3:

It can also be helpful to set new goals and pursue new opportunities. This can give you a sense of purpose and direction, and it can help you move forward after an unfulfilled wish.

Try to identify areas of your life where you want to improve or where you want to make a positive change, and take steps to achieve those goals.

Strategy 4:

Consider seeking support from friends, family, or a therapist if you’re struggling to cope with unfulfilled wishes.

Talking to someone about your feelings can help you process your emotions and find healthy ways to move forward.


Coping with unfulfilled wishes can be difficult, but there are some practical strategies you can use to help you feel better as mentioned above.

One important thing to do is accept that most of your wishes won’t come true if not all of them.

Focus on the present and on what you can control.

Another useful strategy is to shift your focus from the unfulfilled wish to other aspects of your life.

Try new goals and pursue new opportunities, and consider seeking support from friends or family members.


Most frequent questions and answers

There is no scientific evidence to back up the claim that if you tell someone your wish, it won’t come true. However, some people may believe this because of the way our minds work.

When we repeatedly think about something negative, it can impact our chances of getting what we desire. It’s always better to have a plan or roadmap in place just in case your wishes don’t come true. By having a plan, you’ll be less likely to get discouraged and give up on your dreams.

There’s no one answer to this question as it can depend on individual circumstances and beliefs. However, generally speaking, the saying “be careful what you wish for” is often used to warn people about making bad decisions.

Some people, however, believe that this adage has a different meaning when it comes to our desires and wishes. They say that by taking the time to think about what we want, we may be able to achieve our goals more easily.

In short, what we think matters! So, make sure to stay mindful of your thoughts and how they can manifest in the world around you.


In this blog, we have discussed the science behind wishes and how they don’t always come true.

We have also shared tips on how to cope with unfulfilled wishes and find happiness in life despite them not always come true.

Have you ever had a wish THAT came true? How did that happen? Please comment below!

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