Positive affirmations can sometimes feel a little silly, but they can help you change the way you talk to yourself and your “inner voice.” If you can turn your self talk from negative and self-defeating to being your own biggest cheerleader and building yourself up, you’ll be happier and less stressed out.
Just write some of these down on your phone or keep them in your head and say them to yourself whenever you’re feeling a little down. You’re allowed to encourage yourself. 😃 You can either use “I” or “You” for these, depending on how you want to address yourself haha. These would work for encouraging other people too!
19 Ideas for Positive Affirmations
1. “I’m ready. I can do this. I have what it takes.”
2. “I am kind. I am smart. I am important.” (adapted from The Help ;))
3. “I am a strong and capable individual.”
4. “It’s ok. You can do this.”
5. “You’ll get through this.”
6. “Everything will be ok.”
7. “You’ll be ok.”
8. “You’ve survived every moment of your life so far. You’ll get through this too.”
9. “You can do this.”
10. “You are capable of amazing things.”
11. “I’m a good person.”
12. “I deserve to be happy.”
13. “You are stronger than you think.”
14. “You are amazing.”
15. “You can do anything you set your mind to.”
16. “Keep going.”
17. “Don’t give up.”
18. “The night is darkest just before the dawn.”
19. “Things will get better.”
Do you have any positive affirmations that you say to yourself?
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How to Use Afformations to Improve Yourself
Affirmations (when you say something like, “I am happy and positive”) are nice but sometimes they make us feel like, “Ummm that is definitely not the case in my life right now. I am not happy and positive.”
So it might not really make a difference for you because you just don’t believe what you’re telling yourself. (If they do work for you, that’s awesome! I still like affirmations :)).
A slightly different technique is called “afformations.” Afformations are like affirmations, but in the form of questions.
So instead of saying, “I am beautiful,” you would say, “WHY AM I SO BEAUTIFUL? :D” It’s silly but it always makes me laugh.
The point of wording it as a question is that it makes your brain start thinking about all the ways that what you’re saying is true. So if you say, “Why does everyone love me so much?” then you’ll start trying to answer the question and come up with reasons that people love you.
I’m guessing you’re not a narcissist so you don’t need to worry about this being too egotistical or self-absorbed. Nobody needs to know about your afformations except you. 🙂 If you have low self esteem, it can really help to start thinking about your positive attributes.
Here are some ideas for afformations, depending on what area you need to work on. They’re not meant to sound cocky but just to make you see the good in yourself.
– Why am I beautiful?
– Why do people love me?
– Why am I so smart?
– Why am I amazing?
– Why am I loved?
– Why am I so successful?
Weird use of this in my own life: years ago I joined OkCupid and started saying (just to myself, don’t worry!) “Where did all these amazing people come from??” So from then on I only noticed all the awesome people on the site. 😉
You really do create your own reality, and you can shape your perception by changing your beliefs and what you say to yourself. If you want to live in a happy, positive world, start saying happy and positive things to yourself. Self talk makes a big difference in your mood and attitude.