Positive Affirmations I Repeat to Myself Everyday
Affirmations are used to reprogram the subconscious mind, and encourage us to believe certain things about ourselves or about the world and our place within it. They are also used to help us attract the reality we seek (in aspects of life such as love, happiness, and prosperity).
The idea of talking to yourself and saying things that might not necessarily be true at first might seem incredibly awkward, but there is actually is a fair amount of neuroscientific research behind the practice.
One of the fundamental psychological theories behind positive affirmations is Self-Affirmation Theory (Steele, 1988). Through self-affirmation, we can keep up a narrative about how we are flexible, moral, and capable of adapting to different situations. This study later inspired further research on the subject to be done. Evidence has shown that certain neural pathways are increased when people practice self-affirmation tasks (Cascio et al., 2016). MRI's have shown the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (part of the brain involved in positive valuation and self-related information processing) becoming more active when we consider our personal values (Falk et al., 2015; Cascio et al., 2016).
Affirmations work best in the present moment and especially if you say them out loud. Positive morning affirmations can also be very powerful, and a great way to start your day. Here are some positive affirmations I repeat to myself every day.
My self-esteem is high because I honor who I am
I love and approve of myself.
Following my intuition and my heart keeps me safe and sound.
I believe in my ability to change the world with the work that I do.
I seek a new way of thinking about this situation.
I see myself as a gift to my people and community.
Giving up is easy and always an option so let’s delay it for another day.
Today, I am going to tackle everything bravely and with confidence.