XOMU: Making "Lucky Girl syndrome" even more effective
The one thing this TikTok manifestation trend is missing
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If you’re on TikTok, you can't escape Lucky Girl syndrome (which I’m rebranding as “Lucky Person syndrome,” because it’s available to everyone). I’ve watched dozens of people sharing stories of how “lucky” they’ve become since they started manifesting it with phrases of affirmation:
Things are always working out for me
The odds are in my favor
I am so lucky
Great things happen to me unexpectedly
I know good things are coming to me
Positive affirmations (positive phrases or statements that we repeat to ourselves, like “I think I can”) are nothing new, and neither is manifestation (the act or practice of bringing something into your life through belief, like “money is drawn to me”). The idea is that by thinking positively, you’ll send the right kind of energy into the universe and make good things come back to you.
These practices say if you wake up every morning and tell the mirror, “That job is already mine,” you can energetically manifest the job offer. And if you spend enough time thinking (and really believing) “things are always working out for me,” maybe they just will.
I’ve written about the good, bad, and ugly of manifestation before, and I don’t have a regular manifestation practice myself, but there was something about this “Lucky Person” take that stuck with me. It was simple, general enough to apply to a variety of scenarios, and not overly toxic in its positivity. It had real potential, but there was still something about it that bothered me; something I sensed was missing.
I found the missing piece in science.