They may be defined as a hope, dream or love for something. Their presence felt from folklore to literature. While fiction is about supernatural wishes, sometimes entire tales revolve around wishes. Classically, the wish provider is a Genie, or spirit, after all who can ever forget the Aladdin's lamp or a container closed with Solomon's seal. Some cultures encourage people to make a wish, for instance, wishing upon a shooting star at night, tossing a coin into a well, or blowing out the candles on a birthday cake. When times are tough, they offer us the much-needed comfort, giving us a glimmer of hope and luck. Wishing plays a pivotal role in hope, love and goal setting. It's not always possible to guess the cause of happiness or the reason behind a particular demand. As a result, people often land up wishing for the “wrong” things.