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TikTok’s Lucky Girl Syndrome Is Basically Urging Us To Be Delusional

The new year is always full of bold resolutions, promising to make major life changes. And while setting goals is always great, sometimes these resolutions can backfire. It puts a lot of pressure on ourselves early in the year by setting the bar high. If we don’t achieve exactly what we want, then it feels like a personal failure that reflects ourselves and our self-worth. 

TikTok’s “lucky girl syndrome” is one new way to break free from hustle culture, which tells us that we need to work tirelessly and burn ourselves out if we want to create the life that we want. The lucky girl syndrome is a way of radically changing our thinking so that we believe that we’re worthy of every ounce of luck coming our way this year.

2023 is officially the year of manifestation, and TikTok has delivered. No matter what your intentions are this year, lucky girl syndrome is one way to bring it to fruition. The #luckygirlsyndrome has already amassed 24.5 million views and counting on TikTok. The trend was originally created by TikTok user @lauragalebe, and has gained popularity over the last week. Other users have been hopping on the trend and talking about how the new manifestation technique has transformed their lives.

So, what is the lucky girl syndrome on TikTok?

Lucky girl syndrome is a powerful manifestation tool and complete mindset shift that is said to, eventually, create your dream life. It’s the belief that you’re the luckiest person in the world, and that you have so many opportunities that just fall into your lap because you’re that lucky. Everything always works out for you. If you think it sounds a little delusional, you’re right! And that’s the whole point.

The new trend is a variant of the already well-established manifestation tool — the law of assumption. With this method, you assume that your dream life has already happened and you’re living it. It’s a way of tricking your mind into thinking that you have all of the things that you want. If you assume that you’re the luckiest girl in the world and that everything always works out for you, that will be reflected in the energy that enters your life. It’s a way of opening yourself up to amazing opportunities that will just come your way naturally. The law of assumption is a complete shift in mindset. The goal is to channel the feelings and emotions that will come when you achieve these things.

Can I Really Become a Lucky Girl?

Manifestation is not one size fits all – there are so many different approaches that people take. Whether it’s the whisper method, the pillow method, or scripting, there’s no right or wrong way to approach it. Repeating affirmations about how lucky you are and how things always seem to work out for you can be a great first step.

Our OG lucky girl Laura Galebe specifically recommends scripting for us lucky girls. 

In one of her viral TikToks, Galebe describes what she calls the “memoir technique.” She tells viewers to create a blank document and write about how their 2023 went. You’re writing it as if it has already happened. You’ve achieved your dream year and now you’re taking time to look back on it. The goal is to be very specific in everything you write about – career, health, money, relationships, everything. You want to write about the full experience of it, reflecting on what happened, how you felt, and how lucky you are to have achieved it.

Galebe tells her audience to also keep a manifestation journal and write in it as much as possible. The goal is to describe what has happened during the day as if you’re already living your dream life. Try to be as detailed as possible about what you’re feeling in these moments, and take time to thank the universe at the end.

How Can I overcome manifestation obstacles?

Lucky girl syndrome sounds amazing in theory – who wouldn’t want to create their dream life and attract amazing opportunities with ease? But manifestation can be a frustrating process for some. 

One TikTok user who has fully embraced the lucky girl lifestyle this new year is @kaitlinvillatoro. She describes how the new trend is actually a way of combating negative self-talk that so many of us experience on a daily basis. One of the biggest obstacles in embracing the technique is doubt and a lack of self-worth. In order for it to work, you really have to believe that you’re worthy of the amazing experiences that you’re trying to attract. Which is much easier said than done.

In order to combat these feelings of doubt, user @beyondtayler recommends the “I remember when” technique. She tells viewers to talk about their struggles as if they were happening in the past. For example, saying “I remember when I would worry about” whatever it is that pops up for you.

Bottom line: there’s nothing to lose by giving it a shot! Even if you’re not ready to do a lucky girl deep-dive and write a whole 2023 memoir, speak it into existence with some affirmations and be open to new experiences that come your way. You deserve it, bestie.

Julia is a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh studying Media and Professional Communications with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies. She loves to go thrifting, grab a coffee with friends, and go on walks with her dog!