If you have a 20-something in your life, you may have heard of lucky girl syndrome, which has gone viral on TikTok. Content creators claim this “syndrome” is transforming their daily lives and bringing them good fortune.
The newest self-help craze, lucky girl syndrome is Gen Z’s spin on books like The Power of Positive Thinking, The Secret and Manifest Your Destiny: The Nine Spiritual Principles for Getting Everything You Want. This year’s version, however, puts the emphasis on luck and consistently reminding yourself that the universe is conspiring to make good things happen for you because you are a lucky person.
TikTok videos with the hashtag #luckygirlsyndrome had more than 403 million views by mid-February.
Much of the buzz about this trend stems from TikTok influencer Laura Galebe, who told her audience she had tried an experiment: After hearing a neuroscientist say the brain is especially receptive to remembering information upon awakening, she started saying aloud, “I’m so lucky. Great things always happen to me unexpectedly,” every time she woke up.
The 22-year-old New Yorker had always felt like a lucky person, she tells her TikTok audience, but she soon noticed that good things started “flying at my face” and that every single day thereafter she had a nice surprise, large or small.
Does lucky girl syndrome work?
There is power in looking on the bright side, and positive thinking trends can be useful when put into practice, according to Natalie Dattilo, a clinical psychologist and an instructor at Harvard Medical School who is a mindset expert.