Do Affirmations Really Work?

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Alright, so we've all heard about affirmations – those positive statements people repeat like mantras, swearing they can change your life. But let's cut through the fluff and get real. Are affirmations the secret sauce to success, or are they just another self-help trend? In our exploration of affirmations today, we'll not only dissect the science behind them but also delve into more real-world stories and tackle the potential pitfalls. By the end, we'll have a clearer picture of whether these positive vibes are the real deal or just wishful thinking.

Heard Of Play-Doh? Your Brain Is Like One.

Now, let's talk science – not the kind that puts you to sleep, promise. Affirmations play with your brain's wiring, thanks to a little thing called neuroplasticity. It's like a mental renovation: repeating positive affirmations helps build new neural connections, slowly rewiring your thoughts and beliefs.

Scientists say that when you're chanting those positive lines, your brain's reward centers light up, showering you with feel-good chemicals like dopamine. The more you do it, the stronger the connection between your affirmation and that warm, fuzzy feeling.

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In Claude Steel's 1988 paper published in the Journal of Social Cognition, the focus was on the transformative power of self-affirmations. The study highlighted that affirmations play a crucial role in constructing and preserving self-integrity and belief. By consistently reminding oneself of core values and the desired presence in the world, affirmations become a powerful tool for enhancing overall well-being and self-esteem. This research underscores the profound impact that the intentional practice of affirmations can have on shaping one's identity and influencing positive outcomes in various facets of life.

So, yeah, science says affirmations can do some brain gymnastics.

The Energy Behind The Words That You Use

People underestimate the amount of power there is behind the words that they use. They disregard the energy behind those words, and how it is subconsciously affecting them. One of the most common negative self-talk sentences starts with “I have to”. Below are three examples that you might be guilty of saying a little too often:

I have to go to work.

I have to go to the gym.

I have to clean the house.

Now, pause for a moment and think about the energy behind “I have to”. How does that feel in your body and mind to “have to” do something? Does “having to” do something gives you the motivation you need to get the task done? This phrase makes you become a victim of your own life!

If you’re feeling guilty right now, here’s a secret tip that you can apply immediately to change the energy behind the words that you use. Instead of saying “I have to”, change it to “I get to”. Think about it for a second, wouldn’t you feel more positive and motivated changing the three statements above to the ones below?

I get to go to work (when thousands of others don’t).

I get to go to the gym (when thousands of others can’t).

I get to clean the house (when thousands of others don’t even have a house).

Watch Out for Pitfalls

Of course, affirmations aren't a magic spell – they come with their own set of challenges. One biggie? Making sure your affirmations vibe with your actual beliefs. If you're spouting positivity that doesn't align with what you truly think, it's like trying to sell ice to an Eskimo. Here’s one of the most common affirmations that I personally hear people telling themselves which led them to think that affirmations are nothing but rubbish:

“I am rich.” But in reality they were broke as hell. They held the belief that they were broke and the affirmation never worked for them.

But it’s not the end of the world. The cool thing about affirmations is that you can change it to suit yourself. Instead of saying “I am rich”, try changing it to something that aligns with your beliefs, such as “I have the determination to do what it takes to become rich.”

Also, don't get too carried away. If your affirmations sound like something out of a fairy tale, you might set yourself up for disappointment. Keeping it real and setting achievable goals is the name of the game.

Another challenge is consistency. It's easy to get pumped up with positive vibes for a day or two, but maintaining that momentum is a different ball game. Life happens, and it's crucial to find ways to keep those affirmations in your routine, even when the going gets tough!

28 Powerful Affirmations For Health, Wealth, Happiness & Success

Affirmations For Health

1. I am full of energy and life.

2. I am in control of my state at all times.

3. I am happy and always have control over how I feel.

4. I choose to be full of joy and gratitude.

5. I am more than I seem to be, and within me are all the powers of the Universe.

6. My body is my temple.

7. I am worthy of being healthy.

Affirmations For Wealth

1. Wealth pours into my life daily.

2. My bank account grows daily.

3. I have achieved financial security in my life.

4. I am filled with gratitude and joy, and I love that more and more money is flowing to me daily.

5. Money is flowing to me in avalanches of abundance from unexpected sources.

6. I deserve to be prosperous and to have an abundance of money in my bank account.

7. I release all my negative thoughts about money and allow financial abundance to enter my life.

Affirmations For Happiness

1. Every day, and in every way, I’m experiencing more and more joy and happiness in my life.

2. Happiness is my natural state of being.

3. I deserve to be happy.

4. By being happy every day, I can help others to become happy in their lives.

5. I am incredibly grateful for the air I’m breathing, the water I have access to, and the food in my refrigerator.

6. I am a joyful giver and a happy receiver of good things in my life.

7. I spread happiness to others and absorb happiness from others in return.

Affirmations For Success

1. I have the potential, power, and ability to create all the success, prosperity and abundance that I desire in my life.

2. My mind is completely free of resistance and is open to all the new and exciting possibilities before me.

3. The Universe is filled with unlimited possibilities and opportunities for me to build the life that I want.

4. I trust my intuition to guide me toward making smart and wise decisions in my life.

5. Each day is filled with an abundance of new possibilities, ideas, and avenues that bring great inspiration to my life.

6. I truly love the person that I am, and I invariably attract people who respect and admire me for the unique person that I am.

7. The Universe is always helping me accomplish all my goals and desires.


So, what's the bottom line? Affirmations, when approached with authenticity and consistency, can be a valuable addition to your personal development toolkit. They're not a substitute for hard work or a magical fix, but rather a companion that nudges you towards a mindset conducive to growth and well-being.

As you venture forth on your journey of self-improvement, remember that affirmations are a seasoning, not the entire dish. Blend them with your unique recipe of effort, action, and a dash of realism. The magic lies not just in the words you repeat but in the intentional steps you take toward becoming the best version of yourself. So, sprinkle those positive vibes generously, but keep cooking up that storm in the kitchen of life.

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