The power of positive affirmations to change our thoughts and influence our behaviors has been scientifically proven. MRI imaging shows measurable differences in brain activity between those who regularly practice positive affirmations and those that do not.
And, there is real-world evidence that affirmations have the power to create change, too. One study showed that students who repeated positive affirmations performed better tests and achieved higher GPA's compared to students who used other methods.
What is an Affirmation?
An affirmation is a brief statement, thought or belief that reinforces our self-beliefs in a positive way. Positive affirmations are thought to engage the part of the brain that is related to self-image and reward pleasure. By intentionally practicing positive affirmations, you can directly influence your internal dialogue and by extension your self-image.
"Happiness is a choice. I choose to be happy."
*I am in control of how I feel. I am proud of how I react to my feelings."
"I am capable of achieving my dreams."
There are no hard and fast rules about how to use positive affirmations to bring more happiness into your life. Consistency is the most important aspect of practicing affirmations. Consistency is more important than how many times per day you practice them or how you choose to incorporate these tools into your life.
You can repeat affirmations out loud. You can write them down on post-it notes placed strategically around your workspace. You can play an audio in the car on your drive to work. There is no evidence to support that any one method is better than another.
50 Positive Affirmations to Promote Happiness
I deserve to be happy. Everything I am doing is working towards building a happy life.
I am doing well. I do not need approval from others. I know and believe that I am happy.
I am in control of my feelings. It is ok to cry when I am sad and laugh when I am happy.
I do not need to worry about impressing other people. My happiness only depends on me.
I work hard. I am competent. And, I deserve to be successful.
I forgive myself for my past mistakes and I choose to be present right now.
I feel like sunshine. I radiate joy and happiness.
I am not in control of how others treat me. I will not let their behavior affect my happiness.
I am good at showing others that I love them. It is important to me that they know that I love them.
I am only interested in being a better version of myself. I will not engage in behaviors that do not make me a better person.
I am achieving my goals. I am making progress towards my dreams.
Happiness and love are important to me. I am comfortable sharing my feelings with people who are important to me.
Every day is progress on my journey towards happiness.
It is ok to let go of things and people who do not bring me happiness.
I am open and seeking to find joy in my life today.
I am consciously making an effort to heal from my traumas. I am proud of the progress I have made.
I choose to be as happy as possible. I will not feel ashamed for focusing on my happiness. It is important.
I choose to abandon old habits that do not serve my happiness. I am replacing bad habits with new, healthy ones.
I am happy and doing what brings me joy.
I believe there is a positive in every situation. Sometimes pain or emotion can hide the positives, but I choose to see the happiness.
I am in control of how I react to situations. I choose be kind, give grace, and show compassion.
I am grateful for the happiness in my life.
It is important for me to be authentic.
I give myself permission to be happy.
It is possible for me to feel genuinely happy. It is important that I feel happy instead of looking happy.
Social media is not important to my happiness.
I am attracting happiness and loves from everyone around me. That energy recharges my soul and I am able to give happiness and love to everyone around me.
I am unique. I am proud of who I am. I am ready to share myself with the world.
Amazing opportunities are available to me. I am ready to take advantage of any opportunity that brings me joy.
I am choosing to create a happy life.
Good things will happen today.
I choose to focus on things that make me feel joy.
I have an amazing family and amazing friends. I am loved.
I am not afraid to take risks, make hard choices, or do what makes me happy.
My life is full of purpose. I feel fulfilled by what I am doing and I am actively letting go of what doesn't serve my purpose.
I believe that I am a good person.
I feel safe in the world.
I know what I want and I am not afraid to go for it.
I am creative. I feel energized by beautiful things. My potential is limitless.
I feel strong and inspired every single day.
I have integrity. I speak truthfully. I do not compromise my honesty.
I only speak with kindness.
I choose to surround myself with positive role models.
My love for others is unconditional. I believe the love I feel is real.
I am allowed to feel good about myself.
It is important to focus on me. I take time to show myself love.
I am not defined by past mistakes. I am learning and growing everyday. I forgive myself and I refuse to hold myself back over past shortcomings.
I have everything I need to create a happy life. I choose to live in the present.
I allow good things to come into my life. I cherish the good things and let go of the bad.
I make good decisions. I am confident in my abilities and judgement.