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The Power of Positive Affirmations: Daily Affirmations for Healing, Wealth, and Happiness

This is a great time for a positive change!

Affirmations are powerful tools that can help lift the burden of old negative beliefs, heal your life, and help you move forward on the path of positive change.

Just because you’ve believed something negative about yourself or about your life does not mean that there is any truth to it.

You deserve peace of mind, inner joy, confidence, and an abundance of self-worth and self-love.

You can now nourish new positive beliefs and watch them become your reality.

Today you’re going to learn how to use affirmations to make a positive change in your life in different areas of your life.

Ready? Let’s get started!

What Are Affirmations?

An affirmation is a positive statement consciously chosen to either help eliminate something negative from your life or help create something positive in your life.

By using this tool, you’re saying to your subconscious mind, “I am aware that there is something I can do to change and I am taking responsibility to do that.”

Whether you know it or not, you’re using affirmations every moment: All of your self-talk and internal dialogue is a stream of affirmations.

Every complaint is an affirmation of something you don’t want in your life. Every time you feel like a victim, you’re affirming that you want to continue to feel like a victim.

Your thoughts in turn create your experiences. That is why you need to start paying attention to your thoughts so that you can begin to eliminate the ones creating experiences you do not want in your life.

It’s time for you to begin to consciously create your life in a way that supports you.

How to Use Affirmations?

Here are some suggestions to help your affirmation practice be as powerful as possible:

1. Affirm yourself while looking in the mirror.

Mirror work is a very powerful tool to help you absorb affirmations faster.

As children, we received most of our negative messages and believe from other people looking us straight in the eye. As adults, we most of us will look into the mirror and say something negative to ourselves.

Therefore, the quickest way to get results with affirmations is to look yourself straight in the eye and make a positive declaration about yourself.

2. Recite your favorite affirmations out loud to increase their power.

Hearing the words will reinforce the impression on your subconscious mind.

As you recite the affirmation, think carefully about its meaning. Do not merely say the words.

3. Write the affirmations down.

Writing down affirmations on a piece of paper or in your journal is another powerful way to turn your intentions into your reality—the more slow and deliberate you are, the better.  

4. Use visualization

Visualize yourself having or doing or being what you want to attract into your life.

Fill in all the details. Live it as if it’s already happening. Notice what you feel, see, touch, hear.

Visualize other people’s reactions to your new reality.

5. Recite affirmations as you are falling asleep.

Your mind is more receptive prior to sleep and the conscious mind is less able to reject affirmations. If you can memorize the affirmation, keep your eyes gently closed as you recite it.

6. Make affirmations a part of your daily routine.

  • Start your day by reciting an affirmation as you go through your morning routine.
  • Pick your favorite affirmation at the moment and meditate on it for a minute.
  • Write affirmations down on a sticky note and post them around for gentle reminders.
  • Set reminders on your phone to help revisit certain affirmations throughout the day.

Related: Set Up Your Perfect Morning Routine (+Morning Routine Ideas)

7. Tweak the affirmations so they work for you.

Try using phrases like “I am learning how to…” or “I am willing to…” to soften an affirmation and make it more accessible to you in any moment.

Do not weaken your affirmation by saying, “I wish” or “I hope.” State the affirmation as a decree.

8. Recite the affirmations with an open mind.

The more open your mind is as you absorb the healing energy of each affirmation, the better they will work for you.

Rather than judging the affirmations as wrong, or right, try to recite them with an attitude of curiosity. Notice how you feel as you recite them and afterwards, without judgment.

9. Practice compassion and patience with yourself.

There is no “right” or “wrong” way to practice affirmations.

Focus on the affirmations that resonate with you and your situation, and periodically revisit ones that didn’t to see if anything has changed.

It’s okay if you missed a day here or there; you can always pick up where you left off anytime.

Here are some of the signs that these affirmations are already helping you:

  • You start to feel a sense of relief.
  • You become more aware of your thoughts.
  • You judge your life experience less.
  • You live with more gratitude and appreciation.
  • Your perspective shifts to always benefit your mood.
how to use affirmations

Self-Love

Self-love is a key to good emotional and mental health. Loving yourself makes you feel good.

Loving yourself means accepting yourself fully, and approving of yourself without depending on other people for approval and without working hard to please other people at your own expense.

It’s easier to accept yourself when you acknowledge that most of the things about us that we think of as “wrong” are only an expression of our own individuality and uniqueness.

When we accept this, there will be no more competition or comparison.

Exercise: I Love Myself

First thing in the morning and last thing in the evening, look into the mirror and repeat to yourself, “I love you and I accept you exactly as you are.”

If something unpleasant happens to you during the day, go to the mirror or imagine looking at yourself from the outside and say, “I love you anyway.”

Move beyond words and show yourself love every day in different ways. Pamper yourself. Surround yourself with soothing textures, scents, and things.

Affirmations for Self-Love

  • I am worthy of my own love.
  • I am whole and complete.
  • I love myself exactly as I am.
  • I am good enough just as I am.
  • I am gentle, kind, and patient with myself.
  • I respect and take good care of myself.
  • I am the most important person in my life.
  • I am proud to be me.
  • I joyously forgive myself and others.
  • I am now willing to see my own beauty and specialness.
  • I am loved and accepted exactly as I am.
  • Loving myself works miracles in my life.
  • Every day I appreciate myself more and more.
  • I acknowledge all I have accomplished and am proud of my achievements.
  • I am a valuable person with important contributions to make.

Related: How to Start Loving Yourself Again? 7 Ways to Start Self Love Journey

Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is when you feel good about yourself, and when you do so, you develop confidence—each then feeds upon the other.

You were born with a high self-esteem. You didn’t have to do anything—you were already perfect.

Then somewhere during childhood, well-meaning parents would pass on their own feelings of insecurity, inadequacy, and fear.

But these thoughts are never true. And now that you have the freedom to think anything you want about yourself, it’s time to know how worthy you are.

Exercise: I Approve of Myself

For the next week, say over and over to yourself, “I approve of myself.”

Do this at least fifty times a day, at least.

You might think that this is too much. Think about how many times a day you hear your inner critic throughout the day.

When you start thinking, “How can I approve of myself when I’m not attractive enough,” or, “It doesn’t feel true,” or, “It’s a lie,” notice these thoughts and let them pass, say to yourself, “I let you go; I approve of myself.”

Affirmations for Self-Esteem

  • I choose to believe in myself.
  • I am whole and complete.
  • My body is beautiful, exactly the way it is.
  • I am enough.
  • I choose to feel good about myself.
  • I like who I am and who I am becoming.
  • I deserve all that is good.
  • I am deeply grateful for my body, my health, and my unique talents.
  • I am totally adequate for all situations.
  • I choose to see the world through eye of love and acceptance.
  • I move through life, knowing that I am safe.
  • I am supported in all I do in life.
  • My life gets more fabulous every day.
  • I am surrounded by grace and positivity.
  • I can have everything I want in life.
  • I attract wonderful things into my life.
  • I deserve everything good that comes to me.
  • I am worthy of the compliments I receive.
  • My contributions are valued and appreciated.
  • I can assert myself and stand up for myself and others.
  • I accept others as they are; and they, in turn, accept me.

Related: Raising low self-esteem: 18 Ways to Build High Self-Esteem

Affirmations for self-esteem

Change

Although we all want to have our lives become better, most of us are uncomfortable with change, preferring that circumstances and other people change.

However, unless we change inside, nothing outside will change.

We must change our way of thinking and expressing ourselves. Each limiting belief must be released and replaced with a new, positive belief.

Exercise: I Am Willing to Change

Looking in the mirror, affirm to yourself, “I am willing to change.”

Notice how you feel.

If you feel resistant to change, in your journal describe what makes you feel resistant. What limiting beliefs are you holding on to?

Try to question the validity of these beliefs and challenge them.

Once again, go to the mirror, look at yourself straight in the eyes and say out loud ten times, “I am willing to release all resistance.”

Affirmations for Change

  • I am willing to see how and where I need to change.
  • I release any limitations based on old negative thoughts.
  • I am free from the past, and open to new and wonderful changes.
  • I am comfortable with change and growth.
  • It is always easy for me to adapt and change.
  • There is plenty of space for me to grow and change.
  • I am safe in the world.
  • Every moment is a wonderful opportunity to become more of who I am.
  • My possibilities are endless
  • I am proud of myself and my achievements
  • I am the architect of my life
  • I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy.
  • I am courageous and I stand up for myself.
  • My ability to conquer my challenges is limitless.
  • I am guided in my every step.
  • My future is an ideal projection of what I envision now.
  • My dreams manifest into reality before my eyes.
  • My obstacles are moving out of my way.
  • I am at peace with all that has happened, is happening, and will happen.
  • Life brings me only good experiences.
  • Every change in my life is lifting me to a new level of consciousness.

Related: 10 Proven Ways to Make Any Change Quick and Permanent

Fearful Emotions

Fear is an emotion we experience almost every day.

We experience fear of change, fear of not changing, fear of taking a chance, fear of the future, fear of letting go of the past, fear of intimacy, and fear of being alone.

In her bestselling book Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, Susan Jeffers states that “if everybody feels fear when approaching something totally new in life, yet so many are out there ‘doing it’ despite the fear, then we must conclude that fear is not the problem.”

Exercise: Letting Go

Take a few minutes to relax your body.

Start with scanning your body for any tension.

Take a few deep breaths and as you exhale, visualize the tension leaving your body with your breath.

In this relaxed state, say to yourself, “I am willing to let go. I release all tension. I release all fear. I let go of old limitations. I am at peace with myself. I am safe.”

Repeat this exercise whenever you feel fearful thoughts coming up.

It is easier for the affirmations to sink in when you’re in a relaxed state. You become open and receptive to them.

Affirmations for Fearful Emotions

  • I love myself.
  • I am at peace.
  • Serenity fills my entire being.
  • I willingly release all tension in my body.
  • Calmness washes over me with every deep breath I take.
  • I trust that all my needs will be taken care of.
  • I always attract all the help I need.
  • I am loved and safe wherever I go.
  • It is safe for me to express my feelings.
  • I release the need to criticize my body.
  • I am content with every aspect of my life.
  • I am relaxed, and I flow with life easily and effortlessly.
  • I allow peace and joy to exist in all areas of my life.
  • I am in total harmony with my surroundings.
  • My mind is filled with peaceful thoughts.
  • Peaceful energy is always radiating within and around me.
  • I feel confident and assured of myself and my purpose.
  • My life is blessed with infinite moments of peace and harmony.
  • I feel grateful for all the abundance that flows into my life.

Related: 6 Simple Ways to Manage Difficult Emotions and Control Them

Affirmations for inner peace

Critical Thinking

Each one of us has an inner critic – a little voice inside that perpetually criticizes everything we do, say, and even think.

Our tendency to judge and criticize ourselves is one of the main factors that are holding us back from loving ourselves.

Exercise: Praise Yourself

The best way to challenge your inner critic is to praise yourself.

Write down for each area of your life (work, relationships, finance, leisure, spirituality, etc) ways in which you criticize yourself. Then, think of something you can praise yourself for in this area.

For example:

Relationships

I criticize myself for: not being able to tell people how you feel or what you need.

I praise myself for: being able to tell someone that I like them even if when I was scared to do so.

Affirmations for Critical Thinking

  • I release the need to criticize myself and others.
  • I am willing to release all patterns of criticism.
  • I only speak positively about myself and others.
  • I respect others for being different.
  • I accept my past mistakes and do not judge myself for them.
  • Everybody is doing the best they can, including me.
  • All of my emotions are acceptable.
  • I give myself permission to acknowledge my feelings.
  • I am safe with all of my emotions.
  • I am full of optimism.
  • I am a positive thinker.
  • I always find the positive in everything.
  • Positive Thinking is transforming my life.
  • I’m good enough.
  • I love and accept myself.
  • My strength is more significant than my struggle.

Related: When Your Brain Lies to You: How to Stop Cognitive Distortions and Overcome Depression?

Releasing the Past

The here and now is the only moment we can experience.

When you ruminate about the past you not only increase your pain, you also lose the real experience of this moment in the process.

Acknowledge that the past cannot be changed and that other people don’t really care and oftentimes are not even aware that we’re thinking about them and the pain they caused us.

You’re only hurting yourself by refusing to let go of the past.

Exercise: Releasing the Past

Write down everything that’s causing you pain from your past.

How willing are you to let go? Notice any resistance and address the underlying limiting beliefs.

For each item you wrote, write a positive affirmation to help you release it.

If you still feel resistance, try relaxing, by scanning your body for any tension and imagining yourself releasing this tension each time you exhale.

Affirmations for Releasing the Past

  • Now is the only moment I can experience.
  • My heart is open. I am willing to release all resistance.
  • I release and forgive the past.
  • I release the past so I can step into the future with pure intentions.
  • I now choose to release every negative thought from my mind and my life.
  • I release all struggle now, and I am at peace.
  • I allow my heart to heal.
  • It is healing to feel and express my emotions, even the difficult ones.
  • I am able to heal from the hurt and pain of the past.
  • I release the need to blame anyone, including myself.
  • I learn to forgive and release.
  • I forgive myself and others one day at a time until it’s complete.
  • This is a new moment. I am free to let go.
  • I take responsibility for my own life.
  • I grow stronger and better as I forgive myself and others.
  • My healing thoughts bring total and continuous healing to my body.
  • I move beyond old limitations.
  • I have great patience and I realize that everyone is doing their best in life.
  • I love and appreciate myself.
  • I am filled with love, joy and gratitude.
  • I am free to be me.
  • I am becoming all that I am destined to be.
  • I will treat myself with respect and kindness from today forward.
  • I notice that my life improves each day.
  • I go with the flow that life brings me.

Related: 3 Simple Ways To Make Peace With Your Past

Health

Our body is responding to every single thought we think and is constantly talking to us if we will only are willing to listen.

Illness is the body’s way of telling us that we’re holding onto a false idea. That something we’re doing or thinking isn’t serving us.

Without changing those false ideas, the illness will only manifest again.

Put as much love into your body as you possibly can. Talk gently to your body and stroke it lovingly.

Exercise: Healing Your Body

Before examining what’s contributing to your health problems, you need to be first willing to listen to your body be willing to release whatever is creating this illness.

Looking in the mirror, say to yourself, “I am willing to release the false belief that has created this condition.”

In your journal, answer the following questions as honestly as you can:

In what ways do I make myself sick?

What do I do or avoid doing that’s contributing to my condition?

What is my greatest fear when I’m sick?

Affirmations for Health

  • I deserve good health.
  • Good health is my birthright.
  • I choose to live in perfect health.
  • I give myself all the healing thoughts I deserve.
  • I listen with love to my body’s messages.
  • My healing is already in process.
  • Healing energy flows through every cell in my body.
  • My body and all its organs are quickly returning to perfect health and vitality.
  • My body has a remarkable capacity to heal itself.
  • I am grateful for my perfect health.
  • My health is radiant, vibrant, and dynamic now.
  • I feel better and better every day.
  • I give myself permission to be well.
  • My new positive attitude brings me optimal health.
  • I enjoy the foods that are best for my body.
  • I am constantly discovering new ways to improve my health.
  • I am gentle with my body.
  • I balance my life between work, rest, and play.
  • My body appreciates how I take care of it.
  • I love myself and I am perfectly healthy.

Related: +40 Small Habits That Can Dramatically Change Your Life (in 2021)

Relationships

Sondra Ray, a great rebirther who has done so much work with relationships, claims that the relationship we have with ourselves is highly influenced by the relationships we had with one of our parents as children.

She also claims that until we heal that first relationship, we will never be free to create the relationships we want in our lives.

Exercise: Uncover Limiting Beliefs

Start by examining what may be holding you back from enjoying healthy relationships.

Could it be feelings of unworthiness? A belief that you are unlovable? Unreasonable standards? Fear of intimacy?

Affirmations for Relationships

  • I am worthy of love.
  • I love and accept myself.
  • I am safe.
  • Love makes me feel free.
  • It is safe for me to be in love.
  • The more I open up to love, the safer I am.
  • I now develop my own self-esteem.
  • I give myself permission to experience intimate love.
  • My partner and I each take care of ourselves.
  • People love me when I am myself.
  • I now create a long-lasting, loving relationship.
  • All my relationships are harmonious.

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Finding The Right Guy For You


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Affirmations for love

Work

The kind of work we do is important to us because we want to feel that we’re making a contribution to the world. We need to express our own gifts.

The work we do is a reflection of our own self-worth. You’re in your current job because of your beliefs.

Exercise: Visualization

Start by affirming that your current job is only a stepping-stone to far greater positions.

Acknowledge that abundance and fulfillment can come from anywhere and be open to new opportunities.

Now take a moment to visualize yourself in your ideal job.

Feel what it would be like to do work that’s completely fulfilling and earning you a good income. See the environment and your co-workers.

Refrain from complaining about your current job and make sure you radiate positive energy by expressing gratitude for your job, seeing it as a stepping stone to the next opportunity.

Affirmations for Work

  • I deserve to have a successful career.
  • I enjoy the work I do and the people I work with.
  • My unique and creative talents and abilities flow through me.
  • I am a magnet for creative ideas.
  • I have a confident mindset.
  • I earn good money doing what I enjoy.
  • My work is recognized by everyone.
  • My service is a gift to this world and I feel compelled to share it.
  • I believe in the value I create in the lives of others through my work.
  • I turn every experience into an opportunity.
  • New doors are opening all the time.
  • Money comes to me from multiple sources.
  • I am open and receptive to new sources of income.
  • My thoughts create a wonderful new opportunity.
  • Success and money come easily to me.
  • Everything I touch is a success.
  • I am successful at whatever I choose to do.
  • Wealth, joy, abundance and happiness now pour into my life.
  • My work leaves me stronger and happier at the end of the day.

Related: The Secret to Achieving Overnight Success The Right Way (The Compound Effect)

Happiness

Happiness is not something to be found but rather something you can create.

Whatever is going on in your life, you can consciously choose to feel happy in simple ways every day.

Cultivating happiness does not mean that you have to force a fake smile or deny any painful emotion you may be feeling. Happiness is about releasing everything that’s negative and dealing with it in a healthy way and then redirecting your attention to thoughts, choices, and actions that are the most empowering and joyful to you!

Exercise: I Allow Myself to Be Happy

Looking in the mirror, affirm to yourself, “I allow myself to be happy.”

Notice how you feel.

If you feel resistant, in your journal describe what makes you feel resistant. What limiting beliefs are holding you back from experiencing joy?

Try to question the validity of these beliefs and challenge them.

Once again, go to the mirror, look at yourself straight in the eyes and say out loud ten times, “I am willing to release all resistance.”

Affirmations for Happiness

  • I am becoming a magnet for joy!
  • I’m ready to welcome more joy into my experience.
  • I am open to being happier than ever before.
  • I can always find new opportunities to enjoy.
  • I honor the hard times that help me appreciate the happy ones.
  • I actively choose thoughts that please my mind and soothe my soul.
  • I give myself permission to be happy.
  • Happiness comes naturally when I let go of what no longer serves me.
  • My relationships are a source of true fulfillment and delight.
  • I make time for happy moments throughout the day.
  • I owe it to myself to find out what makes me happy.
  • Well-being is a top priority for me.
  • I choose to embrace the little things that bring me joy!
  • I’m trading my worry for faith.
  • I let laughter be my medicine.
  • Happiness begins with me!
  • I’m opening the door to new possibilities for joy.
  • My needs are valid.
  • I am living the best version of myself.
  • I choose optimism.
  • My stream of well-being is infinite.

Related: 5 Secrets to Find Happiness & Lead a Meaningful Life

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References

  • Portions of this article were adapted from the book 21 Days to Master Affirmations, © 2011 by Louise Hay. All rights reserved.
  • Portions of this article were adapted from the book Affirmations for Happiness: 200 Positive Affirmations for a Joyful Mindset Every Day, © 2020 by Kelsey Aida Roualdes. All rights reserved.
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