Do affirmations work?


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“Four things for success… work and pray… think and believe” ~ (Photo credit: turtlemom4bacon)

There are probably hundreds of books out there dealing with the power of affirmations. An affirmation is a statement such as “I am losing weight” that brings about change in a person’s life.

But do affirmations work? They have for me! I have used a number of different affirmations during the past year and they have helped me tremendously. Usually I wake up tired and in a bad mood in the morning. I find a good way to improve my mood is to say affirmations. I’ve heard it said many times that we can choose the mood we want to have when we get out of bed in the morning. For a long time I didn’t quite believe it. But after using affirmations, along with thinking of things I am grateful for, I find my day starts much better and it has made me a happier person. Affirmations are one of the things that turned me from a chronic pessimist into a much more cheerful optimist. There have been other things that helped, I write about them in other posts, it is way too much to include here.

I first heard about affirmations over 30 years ago. A psychologist found that if his patients said “Every day, in every way I’m getting better and better” that they improved more quickly than those that didn’t use affirmations. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale starts his book “The Power of Positive Thinking” by telling what happened to him one evening before he gave a lecture. A man came up to him saying that he was terrible stressed out and fearful. He had a big business deal coming up the next day, and he was afraid if he didn’t get the deal, his entire business would fail and that his life would be a failure along with it. Dr. Peale wrote an affirmation on the back of his business card and gave it to the man. “Say this ten times out loud every day and it will give you strength,’ he said. Peale also gave the man a short pep talk.

The man left, repeating the affirmation and began to feel much better. Later he met Dr. Peale again and told him that evening had changed his life for the better. He was no longer worried and stressed out, always expecting the worst. Good things began flowing to him instead of away from him and his business was much more successful. What was the affirmation? It was Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
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25 comments

  1. Ha! Great post. Exactly what has been on my mind. It is funny how simple things can have a heavy influence in our lives. Thanks for liking the posts on my blog. Just started a few days ago and it gives me great joy that someone out there enjoys them :).

  2. Love this, and love that affirmation! The mind is indeed a powerful thing. And heck, God probably plays a small part in there somewhere, too! 😉 I’d love to hear more personal stories from you about how they’ve affected your life! Or you can visit my site with law of attraction stories–you can even reblog them if you want!

  3. I find it works better for me when I don’t see the scripture mentioned as an affirmation, but rather a certain promise.
    Great post! So glad I found it.

  4. I know when I put my mind to using affirmations that they really do work- I just have to remember to keep at it! I tend to forget after a while. I love the whole idea of them- I think the power of the mind can really be quite incredible. Thanks for this post, its reminded me to use them 🙂

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