One way to begin your day with a burst of positive energy and take on your goals with confidence is to start it with morning affirmations. These are simply positive statements that you tell yourself every morning to motivate, encourage, and inspire yourself in a particular direction.
You might wonder - why should I make morning affirmations? Do affirmations work? Whether you're a morning person or not, starting your day with positive morning affirmations is a great way to dispel negative thoughts and reprogram your mind toward positive thinking.
In this article, you'll learn all you need to know about morning affirmations, including various examples you can try out every day.
Is there a science behind making positive affirmations? Interestingly, there is. Neuroscientific research aimed at finding out the human brain's reaction to positive affirmations revealed that self-affirmations lighten up your brain's reward pathway.
When your brain receives positive words and affirmations, it interprets them as pleasurable experiences and lights up your neural pathways in response. The brain then makes adjustments toward those good things that create feelings of happiness.
How does this all work? Your brain naturally creates shortcuts that lead to cognitive biases1. These cognitive biases include:
Self- Affirmations intercept these cognitive biases for your benefit. It teaches your brain to think differently and see the world from a different perspective. As you repeat these affirmations, your brain notices what it takes to achieve those goals or dreams - or simply what it takes to have an amazing day. This is the reason a positive attitude works well.
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According to a researcher from Queen's University, the average person thinks around 6000 thoughts every day2. Depending on how you are wired, some or most of your thoughts might be negative. We might also encounter experiences that trigger a pool of negative thoughts or anxiety throughout the day. These thoughts can lower your inner confidence and create self-doubt. This is where positive morning affirmations become important.
Repeating these affirmations makes them sink into your subconscious mind. Your brain believes those repeated words, and you become what you say over time. Self-affirmation improves your self-esteem and helps you overcome obstacles as you push toward your goals in life. It also helps to reduce adverse stress levels.
Self-affirmation improves your mindset and attracts positive experiences like joy, peace, hope, and success. Making those positive affirmations in the morning gives you a positive attitude that helps you kick-start your day on the right foot. So why wait? You can make your morning affirmations as soon as you wake up or perhaps while having a cup of morning tea.
To get the most out of it, it is important to make it a routine. Your morning affirmations outline who you want to become and the new values and habits you want to have. Set out a time in the morning to focus and repeat those affirmations until they become a part of the best version of yourself.
Here are a few simple steps to help you practice your morning affirmations:
We have curated a list of 150 short morning affirmations you can try out to boost your confidence and productivity. You can take out your journal and write the affirmation or affirmations that resonate well with you.
Some experiences can create negative beliefs about ourselves. This can create a lack of self-confidence and even affect our mental health. Morning affirmations are a great way to improve your confidence and consciously imbibe positive thought patterns.
Here are a few morning affirmations to improve your self-confidence and set yourself up for a good day:
For further reading, check out our rundown on the health benefits of mindfulness which you can use are part of your morning routine to further aid in starting the day in the best possible way.
And if you're looking to start a journal as a great place to jot down your thoughts and favorite affirmations, we've got a list of 110 Journal Prompts to complement the morning affirmations we've compiled here.
Here are a few daily affirmations to help you become more confident in your abilities throughout your journey of personal growth:
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Start the day feeling energized and ready to take on your goals with positive morning affirmations. Here's a list of morning affirmations and topics related to getting things done you can try out to increase your productivity every day.
Here's a list of morning affirmations to help you stay motivated as you pursue your goals:
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Here's a list of a few morning affirmations to help you manage your time and increase your productivity:
Here's a list of a few positive affirmations to help you achieve your goals and prosperity:
Morning affirmations offer a great number of benefits. You can start each day with a positive state of mind and abundant energy to take on your goals. The idea of making positive affirmations is to change your perspective so you can take action with each new day. You can turn negative thoughts and beliefs into positive ones.
Morning affirmations also improve how you see yourself and see the world. You can try out some of these affirmations today. Remember to make your morning routine one that includes positive affirmations and be patient with yourself.
Sabrina Polansky, Tom Rieger (2020, October) Cognitive Biases: Causes, Effects, and Implications for Effective Messaging
Anne Craig (2020, July 13) Discovery of ‘thought worms’ opens a window to the mind. Queen’s University Canada.
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