It’s a new year, girlies, and doubting ourselves is on the “out” list.
Case in point: the Lucky Girl Syndrome that’s all over TikTok.
Lucky Girl Syndrome is basically a mash-up of the law of attraction and the law of assumption. The former says that positive thinking attracts positive outcomes. The latter says that what we assume to be true becomes reality.
Optimism and positive thinking can help improve our self-esteem and mental health. There are certain components of Lucky Girl Syndrome that can help us cultivate a positive mindset.
Manifestation and positive affirmations are two such components.
“When we focus our energies on what we desire and how that would bring us real emotional change, there is clarity and a point where we make choices and change our thought habits into more positive ones that ultimately support the manifestation as well,” recovery counselor Erica Spiegelman previously told us.
When doing these exercises, it’s important to use positive language in the present tense—and don’t forget the real, applied work that is part of the process.
A few ideas to get inspiration flowing:
I am so lucky.
Everything always works out the best for me.
My dreams are coming true.
I am attracting unconditional love.
I have everything I need.
While our self-perception does impact how we live our lives, it’s definitely not the only thing impacting it—something that’s important to keep in mind here.
Luck is also influenced by systemic biases and privilege.
Finally, we want to make sure that we don’t “lucky girl” ourselves into toxic positivity territory. “There is so much pressure around staying positive nowadays. Many people are left feeling inadequate if they’re unable to maintain a positive attitude at all times,” Jennifer Galvan, Ph.D., wrote for us.
There is space for a range of emotions to exist. We can recognize the benefits of a positive attitude and at the same time, normalize negative feelings.
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