Do you use positive affirmations in your life? Learn how you can use them to develop an attitude of gratitude in your life – no matter your struggles.
You may hear the term positive affirmations thrown around, but not fully understand what they are or how to use them. The concept of positive affirmations is pretty simple – they’re words and/or phrases that you can use to bring more positivity and an optimistic outlook to your life.
Each day, you’ll repeat these affirmations to yourself, which will help you remember the many reasons why you choose to maintain a positive attitude, aid you in expressing deep gratitude and help you walk the path to true self fulfillment and happiness. I like to refer to it as an attitude of gratitude.
I use positive affirmations all of the time in my life. It’s especially important with me being so ill to keep my mind focused on the positives rather than the negatives.
When I find my mind traveling a negative path, I redirect it using positive affirmations. I’ll repeat phrases like these:
- I am healing
- I am full of love
- I am learning so much from this experience
- I am grateful for the lessons I’m receiving
- I am strong
- I am grateful for this life
- I am helping others
- I have a family who loves me
Some days, I’m not feeling up to using full phrases, so I repeat individual words instead, such as:
You’ll want to find words and phrases you identify with, but keep these general rules in mind:
- No negatives (e.g., I feel
- Don’t use the word “want” or any word that implies lack (e.g., I
- Use words that imply you already have these things, like “I am” or “I have” (e.g., I have more than enough money for everything that matters)
- You need to feel the words as you say them
- You need to believe the words as you say them
Now that you know the basics to using positive affirmations, here are four reasons why you and everyone else need to start using positive affirmations daily in life.
Keep Your Life in Perspective
One of the best things you can get from positive affirmations is the ability to better keep things in perspective. Have you ever noticed that when one tiny negative thought enters your mind, it has a tendency to begin to snowball then manifest into something much bigger than it originally was?
This happens when you lose perspective of your life. If your thoughts snowball, it means you’re allowing your fears and anxiety to take over and dominate your mindset.
When you discover this happening, immediately start repeating your own positive affirmations over and over. You can do it out loud or even in your head if you’re in public. This practice will bring your mind back to center and allow you to stay in the present moment and be mindful of the things that are actually happening around you.
It’s a Flexible Practice
Another thing I love about positive affirmations is how flexible and creative you can get with them. While a good starting point for newbies to to research what affirmations work for others, you don’t have to stop with those.
You can adjust ones you find to fit your own life and personality or you can write your own. Using personalized positive affirmations will help to motivate you to continue using the affirmations.
When writing your own, think about different situations where you’d need to use them. Then create different ones for different situations so you have something to reach for when your thoughts start to spiral. Write them down in a journal or on the notes on your phone.
More Energy? Yes, Please!
Did you know that positive affirmations are also great for increasing energy levels? When you feel more positive and optimistic in life, you’ll naturally have more energy. And you can spread that positive energy around to those close to you.
I know personally that when I focus on the positives rather than the negatives in a challenging situation, I feel better. And those around me are in a better mood, too. So use those positive affirmation every day, especially on the rougher ones.
Live with an Attitude of Gratitude
I know from personal experience that expressing gratitude is one of the best ways to quickly feel better about yourself and your life, no matter how challenging it may feel. Know that no matter what you’re personally dealing with, you have things in your life to be grateful for.
Sit down and identify the things you are grateful for and deeply feel appreciation for them each and every day. Writing down the things you’re grateful for in journal (or your phone’s notes) allows you to more fully absorb the blessings in your life. I find this practice is another way to discover new positive affirmations you can use in your life.