Exactly how to trick yourself into being a 'lucky person'.

"Great things are always happening to me."

Variations of this statement are the first thing you see when you search "lucky girl syndrome" in TikTok. It’s a phenomenon that’s been around for years. Yet has only just started trending amongst young people, branching from the practice of manifestation.

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"I’m so lucky, great things always happen to me unexpectedly", "Universe, show me how it gets better", "I’m so grateful that the universe is always working for my greater good", "I get everything I want because that’s just the way it is"... and 150,000 more of these affirmations are making TikTokers who believe that they’ve been creating their own luck go viral.

@lauragalebe The secret is to assume and believe it before the concrete proof shows up. BE DELUSIONAL. #bedelusional #luckygirlsyndrome #affirmations #lawofassumption #manifestationtiktok #manifestingtok #lawofassumptiontok #manifestation ♬ original sound - Laura Galebe

So when did we change from "I guess I’m just lucky" to "I made myself lucky"? Esther Hicks is an internationally famous inspirational speaker, channeler, and author. Her Law of Attraction workshops have gone viral on YouTube and have gained her a significant digital following.

Her most known video titled The Key to Effortless Manifestation has over eight million views. She is now experiencing another wave of popularity stemming from her mantra: "Things are always working out for me no matter how it looks at any point in time."


These words have infiltrated my TikTok feed. Videos of (mostly) women posting a photo with phrases along the lines of "How are you always so calm?", "What’s your secret behind your glow up?" or "Why are you so happy?" have taken over feeds. In these videos, Esther Hicks’ mantra is heard playing in the background.

I know what you’re probably thinking: "So luck is basically the same thing as manifestation?" Not really. Some people believe that the lucky girl syndrome is the same thing as manifestation just with a more quirky name but the practice differs between both of them.

Manifestation revolves around putting thoughts and ideas into the universe to make things happen. Lucky girl syndrome is telling yourself that those things are already happening or will happen to you because you’re so lucky. 

Of course, the idea that we can create our own luck is still a new concept for a lot of people. Out of 200 people polled, 39 per cent said they believed that people can make their own luck, compared to the 61 per cent who say that there are some people who are just lucky. 

After interviewing some of the "make your own luck" voters, I’ve been able to find three distinct practices that you can use to make yourself lucky:


Like Ester Hicks' viral mantra, there are many people who believe that saying something constantly makes it a reality. 

Tys says that her mindset is "It's not rejection, it's redirection". Since adopting this she says, "Every single day is lucky - I have literally never had a bad situation or thing that I couldn’t get out of or adjusted to make it better for myself. I literally can’t think of anything bad that's happened to me."


I’ve personally adopted Ester Hicks' famous mantra. Every time I’m nervous about a situation or can feel my anxiety bubbling, I whisper, "Things are always working out for me no matter how it looks at any point in time", and I immediately feel my nerves settle. 

Detailed journaling.

I always used to find journaling… difficult. When I first started, it actually made me even more anxious because I didn’t know what to write about which spiralled into why I couldn’t figure out what to write about, which then spiralled into "I can’t write anything because I’m not an interesting person." Completely defeating the purpose of journaling. 

As a New Year's resolution, I’ve adopted it again. But this time I’ve been writing about everything that’s happened to me in the third person. I’ve noticed that writing about myself in the third person like a narrator of my life, I ended up writing more kindly about myself. I also began writing about what would happen to me tomorrow, cementing my future luck on a page. So far it’s worked to a scary effect.

I’m not the only one who’s a big fan of detailed journaling. Tara says, "If there's something I want to happen to me, I'll start a note in my Notes app and write a detailed list of what I envision for myself. For example, if I want flights to Bali to be discounted, I'll write down a note with where I will stay in Bali, where I'll eat for dinner, my plans to get transfers from the airport, and as many details as possible."

Milena says that journaling on the new moon has led her to a lucky life like winning competitions.


Trusting the process is a term we’re all familiar with. It’s also a big part of making yourself lucky. Shannen says, "I never speak negatively about bad things that could happen to me… One example is I was looking for a house to rent. Considering we are in a rental crisis and I'm only 25 years old and can't afford to pay much more than the bare minimum, everyone around me was worried. But I didn't freak out once... When people worried about me finding a place, I shook my head and didn't even consider the fact that not getting a place would be my reality… Three days before I had to move out of my house, I moved into an apartment that I LOVE!"


Olivia adds, "I genuinely believe that I will always get whatever it is that I want. There is not even a shadow of a doubt that it won't happen. I always get a car space, I always get a table at a busy restaurant, I always win competitions and meat raffles."

There’s still a huge debate on whether luck can be made versus luck just happening upon some people. I used to be a big sceptic until I tried the three practices above. Within a month I landed my dream job, I received some great news from my family and I’ve just been a more generally happier person than I was before. 

I’ve now become one of those people who tell others to give one of those three things a try and see what happens.

Good luck! (Sorry).

Have you tried to make your own luck? Tell us in the comments section below.

If you want more culture opinions by Emily Vernem, you can follow her on Instagram @emilyvernem.

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