This week – Gratitude brings positive relationships
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
Living with gratitude encourages me to maintain positive relationships. I am humbled by all my blessings. They remind me that it is important to contribute positively to the lives of others.
Being grateful softens me. It inspires me to be good to those in need. I look for ways to uplift others.
I recognize that my achievements are partially because of the input of people around me. My first action after success is to thank everyone whose contribution helps me to succeed.
When I achieve something meaningful, I like to share it with my family. Doing this brings us closer because we share in each other’s accomplishments. They remind me to maintain humility and remember the rough road before greatness.
I avoid taking others for granted. I remind my friends and family how thankful I am to have them in my life.
The honesty of my loved ones keeps me grounded. Whenever I feel the urge to boast about something, my true friends give me a reality check. They remind me that showing off without giving thanks equates to ungratefulness. I respect their directness and interest in keeping me modest.
Today, I am grateful for each of my blessings. My relationships are stronger because I remain thankful for the blessings that others bring to my life.
Answer the Self-Reflection Questions:
1. What more can I do to show my loved ones that I am grateful to them?
2. In what other ways can I develop positive relationships?
3. How do I feel after realizing I overlooked a blessing in my life?
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:
Find your purpose – Find your joy!
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Did you find a few more ideas of your own? If so, I’d love to hear about them in the comments, and as always please reach out with your thoughts.