What Is 'Lucky Girl Syndrome'?

What Is 'Lucky Girl Syndrome'?

"Omg great things are always happening to me unexpectedly." That's a phrase TikTokker Lauren Galebe, who has nearly 230,000 followers on TikTok, uses when she's trying to "catch" Lucky Girl Syndrome, which unlike other syndromes, is something you actually want.

At this point, you're probably wondering what Lucky Girl Syndrome actually is, how (and if) it works, and is so, how you can make it work for you. Here's everything you need to know. 

What is Lucky Girl Syndrome? 

Lucky Girl Syndrome is a 2023 take on the law of attraction made popular by the Rhonda Byrne's 2006 book "The Secret." A form of manifestation, Lucky Girl Syndrome focuses on the idea that if you put out into the world that you're a super-lucky person and that good things always randomly happen to you, it will come true. 

"I just always expect great things to happen to me, and they do," Galebe said in a TikTok video explaining Lucky Girl Syndrome that went viral last December. She added that when people asked her if she thought she was setting herself up for disappointment when things didn't go her way, she said no—because it would just mean something better was going to come along. 

Basically, by constantly saying out loud and believing that you're a lucky person who always has exciting, unexpected opportunities falling into your lap—or assuming the best rather than expecting the worst—you can attract the things you want and will things to go your way.

Can You Really Catch Lucky Girl Syndrome?

There isn't a ton of science to back up the idea that you can actually "catch" Lucky Girl Syndrome, but people have historically had a lot of luck with calling the thing they envision into reality. Think about someone who creates a vision board at the beginning of the year, and by the end of it they have some or even all of the things on it: That's a version of manifestation right there.

Galebe notes that it's important to believe what you're saying, and if that doesn't come easily to you, making use of affirmations and actually repeating phrases like "good things are always happening to me unexpectedly" can help your brain move from a place of wishing to believing.


In the case of Lucky Girl Syndrome specifically (compared to other manifestation techniques), constantly repeating that good things are always happening to you can help your brain start to screen for the good and call to mind times when things did "just work out for you" without you really trying. 

Finally, this type of technique can help you subconsciously put in more work. You may find yourself seeking out more opportunities, or your confidence may help people see you in a new light, causing new "good things" to fall into your lap. 

How to Catch Lucky Girl Syndrome

If you want to catch Lucky Girl Syndrome—don't we all?—you can start by using affirmations similar to what Galebe used in her video, but you can feel free to tailor them so they're specific to you and your goals. 

For example, if you want to get a promotion at work, try saying something like "Everything career-related always works out for me. It's only a matter of time before I get that promotion and a big raise!" Or, if you're hoping to meet the love of your life this year, try saying something like, "My love life has always gone well, I'm sure I'll unexpectedly meet the love of my life soon." And even if in the past you haven't exactly thought of your love life as "going well," remember that there's always room to reframe the narrative. You can think of past romantic "failures" as simply things that had to happen to help you find the right person. 

Also, do your best to actually say any affirmations out loud—the more you say them, the more you'll start to believe them, and the more likely they are to come true.



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