At this very moment, thousands of people across North America are silently repeating positive statements to themselves. Who? Students facing exams, cancer patients, CEOs facing tough presentations, and girlies like me just trying to lift their low self-esteem. What are they saying? Phrases such as, “I am a capable person,” “I am worthy,” and “I am strong.” For centuries, people have been advocating for saying favourable mantras. That, friends, is Lucky Girl Syndrome.
Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of videos on my FYP with the hashtag #LuckyGirlSyndrome. TikTokers can’t stop commenting, sharing and posting about how it’s apparently changed their lives. And, I‘m intrigued.
What is Lucky Girl Syndrome?
Lucky Girl Syndrome is essentially positive-thinking, supportive self-talk and affirmations. When we change our thinking from being negative to something more encouraging, it alters our mood, our emotions and it can also influence behaviour.
Much like manifestation and the law of attraction (which dates back to the 1800s!), Lucky Girl Syndrome is a positive-thinking ideology that suggests affirmative mantras and a positive mindset in life will bend everyday events in your favour.
In short: Believing you’re the luckiest girl in the world is supposed to rig the universe in your favour. The trend started by TikTok creator Laura Galebe, who first posted about it and coined the term in December 2022.
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Is there any science behind manifesting good things?
In a word, yes. Positive affirmations can work and are backed up by research. One study, published in the Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, showed that positive affirmations help activate parts of the brain associated with self-related processing and reward. The same researchers indicated that positive affirmations can help build or restore self-competence.
According to the Mayo Clinic, positive thinking may provide the following benefits:
- Increased life span
- Lower rates of depression
- Lower levels of distress and pain
- Greater resistance to illnesses
- Better psychological and physical well-being
- Better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease and stroke
- Reduced risk of death from cancer
- Reduced risk of death from respiratory conditions
- Reduced risk of death from infections
- Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
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What are some positive affirmations for women? What will make you feel lucky?
Here are some positive things to say to yourself. At first, you might feel silly or it may feel fake, but try and believe you are living the good life and you just might.
- I’m so lucky, everything works out for me.
- I’m so lucky, everything works out in my favour.
- Everything comes to me with ease.
- The universe always rewards me.
So, there you have it. Let’s all light a candle and get to manifesting!