The Art of Resilience: Positive Affirmations

Imagine starting each day with a positive statement about yourself, a phrase that uplifts your spirit and sets a confident and optimistic tone for the day. This practice, known as positive affirmations, is more than just a feel-good activity; it’s a scientifically supported technique that can build self-confidence, promote positive thinking, and bolster mental resilience.

At their core, positive affirmations reflect the person we want to be and the life we want to live. We consciously choose to repeat personal, positive, and present-tense statements. An affirmation might be as simple as “I am strong and resilient” or as specific as “I excel in my role at work.”

The power of positive affirmations lies in their ability to change our thought patterns. Psychologist and author Dr. Carmen Harra wrote in a 2013 Huffington Post article, “Affirmations are proven methods of self-improvement because of their ability to rewire our brains… They work because… our brains prefer to follow the path of least resistance and to create new thought pathways.”

It’s important to note that positive affirmations aren’t about denying reality or ignoring challenges. Instead, they’re about choosing to believe in our abilities and potential, despite the difficulties we may face. This can lead to increased self-confidence. A study published in “Psychology of Well-Being” in 2016 found that people who used positive affirmations reported higher self-esteem than those who did not.

Positive affirmations can also promote positive thinking. By repeatedly focusing on positive aspects of ourselves and our lives, we can train our brains to notice and emphasize these positives more readily. This can lead to a more optimistic outlook, associated with various health benefits, including lower stress levels and depression.

Furthermore, positive affirmations can strengthen mental resilience. They can help us to keep our focus on our strengths and resources, which can be especially helpful in challenging situations. In her 2017 book “Option B,” Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, discusses the role of personal affirmations in building resilience following the sudden loss of her husband.

Positive affirmations are a powerful tool for enhancing self-confidence, promoting positive thinking, and bolstering mental resilience. By focusing on our strengths and potential, we can influence our thought patterns to benefit our mental well-being.

What are some positive affirmations that have made a significant impact in your life? How have they helped you build self-confidence, promote positive thinking, or strengthen mental resilience? Share your experiences, thoughts, and insights in the comments below.