If you’ve been on search engines or on social this past week, you’ve probably seen videos about the “lucky girl” trend popping up left, right and center.
While not a new concept, it took TikTok by storm during the first few weeks of this year, and really started gaining traction just before the new year when two college students shared a video explaining that How they have used technology to transform their own lives.
The premise is not new but the way it is packaged is: a form of expression (opens in new tab)Lucky Girl Syndrome states that you attract good fortune simply by saying that you will. With a positive mental attitude each day and repeating the mantra “I’m so lucky that everything goes my way,” the creators of the trend believe you really can attract good luck.
like the law of attraction (opens in new tab)Which is a principle that states that whatever you focus on, you will succeed Thousands of people have taken to TikTok to share personal stories of how this trend has affected them – from winning lottery tickets to Everything from getting off work early.
But, question: it is really Is it possible to attract luck? Or is this just another fad TikTok trend that we will have forgotten by next month? Well… we’re about to find out. Here, expression expert and author of Sunday Times best seller manifesto (opens in new tab), roxy nafousi (opens in new tab)and evolutionary astrologer and founder of reveal app (opens in new tab), Dalila Salgueiro, Share your thoughts. Plus, as a health editor, I give it a go IRL. keep reading.
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So, is the lucky girl trend a real thing or a dangerous fad?
first things first A little background. The concept of manifestation stems from the New Thought ideology of the early 20th century, where, at its most extreme, it held that positivity is a gravitational force that we as humans have the ability to harness.
According to Salguero, Lucky Girl Syndrome is an iteration of manifesting that encourages you to believe in yourself, your inner strength, and your strengths — “not to mention the flame that makes you unique and inspires you every day.” allows you to wake up with a purpose,” she shares.
So how does it work? Well, by bringing your thoughts and feelings into alignment. “For example, if you want to manifest the job of your dreams, you have to believe that you are that’s why Lucky you, you’ll eventually land your dream employment position,” she explains.
She further expresses her views that there is no limit to what you can achieve with this way of thinking.
how so? Well, he believes that your thoughts and your energy can create your reality. “If you’re constantly going negative up and down you will attract and manifest negative energy,” she continues.
She believes that practicing positive affirmations every day is key to attracting positive energy as well as reframing negative thoughts. (opens in new tab), “It’s important to work on the idea that what you want is already your reality,” she explains. Affirmations like “I am living my dream every day” and “I am the luckiest person” encourage your mind to stay in the reality you are trying to create.
However, Nafousi is not so sure. While she says she can certainly understand why repeating statements like Lucky Girl can have a positive effect on your life, she points out that this is not the case. really Manifest – Rather, a small part of a wider whole. “While repeating affirmations can be a powerful tool, it is just that,” she emphasizes. “A Tool to Support Holistic Practice.”
She believes that manifesting is a self-development practice rooted in self-love. (opens in new tab) And you need to work on your “inner healing journey, subconscious beliefs, and your ability to work through challenges and comfort zones.”
“I don’t believe it’s about luck or crossing your fingers and hoping — I think associations can be deceptive,” she continues. Stating that the trend can mislead people into thinking they “need to be lucky” to attract positive energy, she encourages sitting back and waiting for things to come to you and that Rather than actively taking action to make things happen. These steps may include goal setting, planning ahead, visualizing, etc.
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I Tried The Lucky Girl Trend—Here’s Why It’s Problematic
Picture the scene: I’ve just left work after a hectic nine-hour shift, a heavy backpack with laptop, Tappawear and planner tucked under my arm. I get to the bus stop and, saw – The bus is only a minute away (some days, I have to wait up to fifteen minutes to go straight home).
With a slight smile, I repeat to myself under my breath: “I’m so lucky that everything is going my way.”
I am obsessed with the new TikTok lucky girl trend and yes, in the name of health journalism, I am giving it a try.
While I’m not new to manifesting – I’ve written about how to manifest (opens in new tab) Here, with expert help from the likes of mindset experts and authors 16 Seconds – Debunking the Myths Surrounding Disclosure (opens in new tab), Pam Lydford and Sandra Stocks – I am, shall we say, skeptical. While I’m all for the power of positive thinking and small habits that shape your day to day, I err more on the side of practicality. I believe that you create your own destiny – that is, if you make small changes every day to live and think more positively, you will certainly be more likely to reach your goals and see the world in a better light. have a possibility.
However, I’m not so sure about the idea that repeating the above mantra will magically make these things happen.
first day and I tell the team Marie Claire That I am testing trending theory. One positive thing I immediately noticed about the Lucky Girl mantra is its ability to ease stressful or stressful situations. to joke sarcastically when there is a problem at work, i joke sarcastic Now! how! Fortunate! In return I am sharing laughter with the team and reducing my stress level.
second day It’s a tough day – too many things to do and not enough time. That said, choosing to actively work on correcting my negative thoughts at least reminds me that bad days come and go.
day 3 And I’m almost convinced that it works – not in the sense of actually attracting luck, but of making you pay attention to “lucky” (read: positive) situations that you might not have otherwise. I get a free pret coffee on my way to the office, someone gives me a compliment at the gym (and not in a creepy way), and I get to hear good personal news.
That said, come the end of the week, while I’ve enjoyed the reminder to stay positive and harness the power of positive thinking, I do have some concerns about the trend.
I’m wary of this persistent narrative that you alone have the power to shape your entire reality. While positive thinking is certainly powerful, I don’t think it can be viewed as a cure-all. Where do we draw the line? What if you get a deadly disease? (Some expression coaches even say that their techniques are effective against conditions such as cancer).
I think it’s also important to acknowledge privilege – especially when it comes to trends like this. This raises a lot of problems: If luck doesn’t come your way, have you brought it upon yourself? Salguero seems to have meant so much above, stating that “if you are constantly going negative up and down, you will attract negative energy.” But what about the eternally positive people who are unlucky in life regardless of their nature? Does this mean that they are responsible for their own misfortune?
Also, it goes without saying that revealing a new car can be easy enough when you have a well-paying job and financial security, but manifesting poverty or living without drinking water can be quite difficult. It couldn’t be that simple.
Through my research last year when I was writing our guide on how to manifest, I learned that the technique has no scientific backing and, interestingly, research has shown that levitation People turn to more holistic “fix-alls” when — like, say, the COVID pandemic, the cost of living crisis, or the war in Ukraine.
Sure, I’m a fan of Habit Stacking and Goal Setting (yes, I’m currently studying molecular habits And yes, I’m a huge advocate for taking practical steps to reach important life goals). That said, I believe that both of these things are tangible and measurable ways to make your own luck as it was, instead of waiting for it to happen.
Let’s be honest – despite all the positive affirmations in the world, bad things still happen to good people, and positive thinking can only go so far. Take, for example, the original creator of Lucky Girl Syndrome, who Guardian (opens in new tab) pointed out that it was actually first posted back in August by creators of color — as opposed to the white college girls who eventually went viral with the theory.
What do you think?