Positive Affirmations – Do They Really Work?

We’ve all heard of positive affirmations but what are they all about? It may seem a bit bizarre that just telling yourself something repeatedly can change things, but there is a science behind this madness of simplicity.

Positive affirmations can be used to help us with motivation, self-esteem, make positive changes to thinking patterns, or even to our lives. If you get caught with negative clutter and sabotaging self-talk, these simple and easy statements can help you to re-program your negative mindset to one that will serve you in a more positive way.

Scientific studies have even shown the benefits to the brain by positive self-affirming regularly. There is MRI evidence that suggests the increase of activity in certain neural pathways, specifically the prefrontal cortex, when we practice positive affirmations. There have been further studies that have shown improvements in reducing stress, increasing healthy living and activity, and has even been linked to show improved academic achievement.

Think about the child who is constantly scolded and told that they are useless. The child will start to believe these words are true and may start to say things like “I’m never good enough” or “Why can’t I do anything right?”. Eventually this will lead them to adopting behaviours that are consistent to this belief, and they may not be motivated to try hard in anything they do, as they already know they are doomed to failure.

When you think about it, everything starts with a thought. When you think something, you will tend to use words to communicate your thoughts, and then your actions will follow to demonstrate this belief. So, the logical thing to do is to change your thoughts, which we all know is not a simple thing to do – especially if you’ve had a lifetime of experiences that further reinforce your thinking and behaviours. So why not start with your words, and with repetition you can start to fill your mind with positive thoughts that will lead to more positive words and actions. Sounds too simple to be true, right? Why not try this for yourself!

Try This!

Here’s an example of a positive affirmation that you can try out for yourself. If you have an area in your life that you’re feeling stressed about, or want to improve, then just add or replace some of the words below to make this personal to you. Here are some examples of areas to improve on, and how you can adapt the first line of the positive affirmation below. Say this for a minimum of five minutes, three times per day – once in the morning, at lunch time and before you go to bed. If you do this daily for a few weeks, you may start to notice that your mindset will begin to shift to a more positive one that will serve you towards a happier life!

Health

My body is healed, restored and filled with energy.
My sleep is relaxed and refreshing.
I have abundant energy, vitality and wellbeing.

Relationships

I give and receive love freely and joyfully.
I see myself as being filled with love and happiness.
I love being around people who bring out the best in me.

Self-Esteem

I am worthy of love, happiness and success.
There’s nothing I need to change about myself to be accepted and loved.
I am deeply grateful for my body, my health and my unique talents.

Abundance

Money flows freely to me.
I deserve to be paid for my skills, time and knowledge.
I am grateful for the abundance that I have and the abundance on its way.

The below is an example of a Positive Affirmation. You can adapt it as you wish to suit your own life circumstances and what you would like to gain more of!

I am Happy, I am Healthy, I am Content, I am Peaceful.
I will let go of those thoughts that drain me.
and focus my attention on thoughts that empower me.
Only positivity will flow through me.
I am fortunate for the blessings I will receive today.
And I am grateful for the opportunities that will come to me.
I express gratitude for all the good that I have in my life
And I accept that everything is happening for my highest good.

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