Sunday Serenities – A New Affirmation to Start Your Week
Each week we will be sharing a new affirmation. The introductory information will remain the same, but if you are new to affirmations, please check out the first two sections on “What is an Affirmation?” and “How to Practice Your Affirmation.” If you regularly read our weekly article or already do affirmations, feel free to skip to the section titled “Read Today’s Affirmation.”
What is an Affirmation
Many have heard of affirmations, but if you haven’t tried them yet, you are missing out! Simply put, an affirmation is a statement you use to affirm yourself – you know, to say something positive. There are many different types, and as long as they are positive, there really is no wrong way to do an affirmation.
Affirmations can be a simple phrase, a list of related statements, or a focused paragraph. All of these work well depending on the situation you are working on, the time you have, and your intention – your intention being the most important part of the equation.
Do Affirmations Work?
According to an article by Catherine Moore, Psychologist, MBA in PositivePsychology.com “There is MRI evidence suggesting that certain neural pathways are increased when people practice self-affirmation tasks (Cascio et al., 2016). If you want to be super specific, the ventromedial prefrontal cortex—involved in positive valuation and self-related information processing—becomes more active when we consider our personal values (Falk et al., 2015; Cascio et al., 2016).
The results of a study by Falk and colleagues suggest that when we choose to practice positive affirmations, we’re better able to view “otherwise-threatening information as more self-relevant and valuable” (2015: 1979).”
So the bottom line is yes – affirmations work. It’s not a magic bullet. You do have put in the time and effort to practice them regularly. Do some research and find the affirmations that resonate with you, then begin to put them into practice. You can begin your search with the affirmation for today.
How to Practice Your Affirmation
Here is how to practice today’s affirmation. It is not original – but it is so good, I had to share (with permission of course and the promise to keep the originator anonymous). If you are comfortable with the idea, I like to recommend that people do this in front of a mirror. Read the affirmation a phrase at a time, then pause after each phrase. Take time to look yourself in the eye and then repeat the phrase back to yourself aloud. When you are finished with the affirmation, take time to breathe and reflect.
Finish your time by answering the self-reflection questions below. You can answer them any way you like, but I prefer to have a journal where I can have both my affirmations and the answers to my questions together. You may be surprised when you look back at them one day and discover the answers may be totally different.
Read Today’s Affirmation
Celebrating the success of my loved ones boosts my supportive nature.
I celebrate each success experienced by my loved ones. I look at the successes of my loved ones as my own. By doing this, I cultivate my supportive nature.
When a family member achieves a milestone, I embrace the achievement. I congratulate them and offer words of encouragement for perseverance.
When my child starts to overcome shyness, I celebrate it with something special. I give a gift or a special treat. I can see how my support encourages them to be bold and fearless.
Spurred on by the success of my efforts, I extend support to others as well.
It is easy for me to volunteer my help when others are in need. Even when I am unsure of how I can contribute, I still volunteer. I know that my support goes a long way in making someone’s situation more bearable.
Each time I support someone, that motivation becomes more engrained in me. It is becoming second nature for me to lend a helping hand.
I enjoy being the foundation on which others stand. I embrace their success. I feel fulfilled when I can offer my support to others.
Today, I actively look for ways to lend my support to my loved ones and others who need it. I commit to volunteering my time and resources. I feel true joy when my support helps others to achieve.
1. Do I teach my children the importance of offering support to others?
2. Do I ever encounter situations that are beyond my ability to help?
3. Is my support still forthcoming when someone I know experiences failure?
I hope you enjoyed this issue of Sunday Serenities. It is my mission to help provide you with the tools you need to have a more peaceful life so you can:
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