Towards the end of 2022, 18-year-old Samantha Palazzolo came across an intriguing TikTok video.
In it, influencer Laura Galebe swore that her secret to success was as simple as assuming that everything would work out for her, a philosophy she called “Lucky Girl Syndrome.”
Skeptical but curious, Palazzolo, an advertising student at the University of Illinois, decided to see if Galebe’s philosophy would work for him. So every morning she told herself that she would have a lucky day.
A particularly thorny issue Palazzolo had dealt with was who would get which room in a new apartment she and her friends were renting. She and a roommate were desperate to get the bottom bedroom, so they started telling each other that everything would work out for them.
Lo and behold, it worked.
It was “life-changing,” Palazzolo told The Post. “A couple of days later, our roommate came to us and (said), ‘I want the upstairs bedroom, you can have the downstairs yourselves.'”
forget it the secret or vision-boarding. Gen Zers have put their own uniquely titled spin on manifesting their dreams believing that if they simply assume they will get a great job or a great apartment, they will.
Galebe’s original post about lucky girl syndrome – in which she intones: “I always expect great things to happen to me, and they do” – has been viewed 2.7 million times, while #LuckyGirlSyndrome has 61 .9 million views on TikTok.
The lucky girl syndrome hadn’t yet been coined by Galebe in early 2022 when 24-year-old Kirshten Garcia decided she was going to have a “lucky” year and be invited to New York Fashion Week. But Garcia believes the method worked for him. Inspired by videos of various girls on social media, she began using daily mantras such as “Everything always works out for me.”
“I always like to say every day, ‘I’m so happy to be going to New York Fashion Week this year and I’m so happy that the designers are approaching me,'” said the nursing student from “Orlando and fashion influencer. told The Post.
Sure enough, designers invited her to fashion week, and Garcia’s “luck” continued once she landed in New York last fall.
“I attended a designer’s show as general admission with no seats, and I was just standing on the way back waiting for the show to start. But then a staff member personally approached me and offered me a seat in the front row just because he liked my dress,” she recalled. “Good things always happen.”
But not everyone in the New Age space is on board with Gen Z’s version of positive thinking.
Lucy Baker, a 46-year-old UK-based life coach, warned that when manifestation doesn’t work, it can be a big problem for those who have come to believe that happy thoughts are all you need.
“(It) triggers disappointment for some, while others lose their confidence completely,” he told The Post. “I use positivity techniques with my clients, but believing that you are the luckiest person on planet Earth and luckier than any other living being can be dangerous.”
This article was originally published by the New York Post and is reproduced with permission.
Originally published as Gen Z’s new ‘life-changing’ way to get what they want, without working for it