9 Affirmations to Repeat Every Day

affirmation talents and giftsWhat if we told you that with a single simple phrase, you could turn a bad day into a great one and turn pessimism into an instantly brightened attitude? You could write “I am beautiful” in the fog on the bathroom mirror. You could repeat Aibileen’s mantra from The Help: “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” Or, you could print out these nine affirmations and hang them around your home or office, tape them on the dashboard of your car, or commit them to memory to pull out during trying times.

Affirmations are statements that reflect a positive outlook on life, one’s abilities, one’s potential, and more. Because the verb “to affirm” means “to maintain as true” (Dictionary.com), affirmations inherently uphold truths. In other words, by repeating these phrases you aren’t teaching yourself anything new—you’re simply repeating and reinforcing truths. Sometimes it’s difficult to remember that you are kind, smart, and important. You may need to continue to tell yourself those things so your brain can recognize and accept them.

Repeating affirmations can relieve anxiety, ease day-to-day pressure and stress, and even have a positive effect on healing from other mental health issues, like addiction. Don’t believe us? It’s scientifically proven!

GoodTherapy.org has reported before on the astounding benefits of using affirmations:

Add these affirmations to your daily routine, and let us know in the comments how they’re helping you achieve goals, gain self-esteem, and foster positivity in life!

1. I have the strength to face the challenges before me.

i have strength affirmation

2. I am worthy of love and respect.

i am worthy affirmation

3. I accept myself with all my imperfections.

i accept myself affirmation

4. I recognize my own talents and gifts.

talents and gifts affirmation

5. I am unique. There is beauty in my differences.

i am unique affirmation

6. I focus on what I can do, not what I can’t.

i focus on affirmation

7. I have value and worth in my community and in society.

value and worth affirmation

8. I am grateful for every learning experience I have had.

i am grateful affirmation

9. I can change.

i can change affirmation

Having a hard time accepting these statements to be true? You’re not alone—many people experience self-esteem issues, low self-worth, or reluctance to accept oneself. Therapy can help. Search the GoodTherapy.org directory for the right therapist for you, and take the first step to making a change in your life.

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  • Emma

    Emma

    July 25th, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    We are all ALL of these things and don’t you ever let yourself forget that!

  • Evie

    Evie

    July 26th, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    I know that these affirmations can work for a veriety of different groups but I think that this could be especially true for teenagers. Most of the time they feel bad enough about themselves as it is, so teaching them to think positive thoughts and to say these affirmations aloud daily can do wonders for how they eventually feel about themselves as they grow older. Increase their self esteem early on and the potential for them having more confidence as they grow older will greatly increase.

  • daisy

    daisy

    July 26th, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    On the days when I feel that I have more obstacles than I can overcome I tell myself that I’ve got this, that I am strong and that there is nothing that has been given to me to tackle that God did not think that I could take. I know that they seem overwhelming at times, but the truth is that I am stronger than any one situation that is given to me and I know that I always have someone to turn to if it is something that I can’t handle alone. You don’t have to let the external circumstances ruin what you feel inside about yourself.

  • Eugene

    Eugene

    July 27th, 2014 at 5:01 AM

    I can change. The perfect words to be said for any of us who feel like we are stuck in a rut and will never get out. The perfect words for those of us who have never been told that we can be more than what we experienced as a child. The perfect words for those who feel alone and unloved because of something about themselves that they don’t like.
    Truly, just the perfect words for anyone wanting to become MORE and who don’t know how.

  • lana

    lana

    July 27th, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Why it is so hard to believe those affirmations? EVery time the voice of negativity overcomes and reminds me of the opposite: not worth it , nothing will work out, etc. And even if i do belive for a second in good ,fear embraces me

  • Betty

    Betty

    July 28th, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Affirmations like these can really help you through times of difficulty. They can help you with confidence and with this self assurance you can overcome anything. I really do think it is worth learning these by heart so that whenever you are feeling overwhelmed, you can tell yourself that you can get through it.

  • Jason

    Jason

    July 28th, 2014 at 4:15 AM

    Any of these are wonderful mantras to try when you feel like you are having an off day.
    We all get negative and down on ourselves from time to time- I think that this is a part of human nature.
    But you have statements such as these that can, when you repeat and believe them, give you peace where that has been missing from your life.

  • sandra

    sandra

    July 29th, 2014 at 4:13 AM

    YEP # 4 IS PERFECT BECAUSE IF YOU DON’T RECOGNIZE YOUR OWN GIFTS AND TALENTS THEN WHO ELSE WILL?

  • Jen

    Jen

    July 29th, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Murderers can read this too. Should they believe it equally as everyone else? The unconditional positive regard here makes me a little distristful.

  • Ayla

    Ayla

    July 30th, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Our minds are complex things, they can hold on to some comments that were made about us years and years ago and still hold them true. What helped me was reading some self-help books and I also use affirmation cards. The ones I use are called Heal and Prosper: amazon.com/gp/product/9619355857. They help me train my brain to get used to hearing positive things about me so that my body no longer fights them (I would usually find a counter comment when someone complimented me), but accepts them as true.

  • cawdog

    cawdog

    July 30th, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Jen is right not all people need positive messages. Bad people shouldn’t be indulged in their delusional thinking.

  • PLWILKSY

    PLWILKSY

    September 2nd, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    I believe affirmations like these can help you to remember who you are and what you are capable of when you are at your least confident. A great way to start the day.

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