Saying affirmations of gratitude first thing in the morning; a technique used by many successful people. If you’re not yet doing the same, you’re missing out. Therefore, let’s take a look at how to start your own practice.
Rewiring your brain into positive thinking by using positive words. It almost sounds too simple to be true, right? But by practicing affirmations, that is exactly what you’re doing. So, set the tone of your day and reap the benefits of the proven effects they have on your overall wellbeing. Without further ado, here is how to practice morning gratitude affirmations.
What are affirmations?
First off, let’s look into what an affirmation is. Think of an affirmation like a mantra. It is a particular sentence or statement containing a positive message. The aim of the message is to help you challenge any negative thoughts you experience. All you really need to do is craft a statement or pick a pre-made one that resonates with you. Then, start repeating it. Focus on the words and say them as often you like.
What are the benefits?
Telling yourself how great of a person you are may sound a little awkward. Especially if this is something you’ve never done before. Without knowing they actually work, it may be difficult to find the motivation to start. For the skeptical folks, let’s take a look at what an affirmation can do for you.
Neuroscience research shows that different areas in our brains become more active when practicing affirmations. Most importantly the areas involved in positive valuation and self-related information processing. Several other theories support affirmations. Some examples of the beneficial effects are:
- Steady practice results in lower stress levels.
- Affirmations link positively to academic achievement.
- They can help perceive threatening messages with less resistance.
- When practiced regularly they have a positive effect on our self-image.
The last example is especially beneficiary. This is because positive self-image can result in numerous other positive health effects. It increases self-esteem, as well as boost a good mood.
Adding in gratitude
Just like affirmations, being grateful may work wonders on our overall health. Therefore, we’ve written an article about the science-backed benefits of being grateful. Read how you can use it yourself to improve your outlook on life here. Combine affirmations with gratitude and you’ll have a powerful formula to improve your overall wellbeing. They are helpful reminders of your own worth. And let’s face it. This is much needed to counterbalance all the time we spend comparing ourselves to others.
Ways to practice
You can practice morning gratitude affirmations anywhere you want. Although there is no ‘best’ time to practice, we recommend the morning. At this time of the day, you’re able to set the tone for the rest of it. On top of that, it will help you be more productive throughout the day. Lastly, the morning is for many of us a time where we go through certain habits. For example, drinking a cup of coffee, or reading the paper. Linking your affirmations to a habit that already exists, helps to turn your practice into a habit faster. A habit that tends to lend itself well, is the habit of getting ready in front of a mirror.
By repeating your affirmations while looking at yourself in a mirror, you’re creating an image of yourself. The sound of your voice and the positive words form a connection to that image. This helps your brain thinking of it more as a reality. Eventually, this will help create a stronger belief in your own affirmations.
If for any reason you feel uncomfortable repeating your affirmations out loud, you can also choose to write them down in a journal. This makes affirmations more approachable. An added bonus: repeating them in written words, you’ll spend extra time focusing on them.
You’ll gain the most from gratitude affirmations that resonate with you and your beliefs. For that reason, crafting your own affirmations is a good way of making sure they suit you. However, starting out you may want to go easy on yourself and pick a pre-made affirmation that sounds good to you. To get you started, below are some examples. Feel free to alter them in any way, so you make sure they serve you best.
- I am thankful to look forward to the rest of this day.
- I am grateful that I feel energized and ready to take on the day.
- I am appreciative I am living in positive conditions.
- I am thankful to be able to focus on the positive outcomes
- I am grateful to feel relaxed and at peace with myself.
- I am fully appreciative of my body and its strength.
- I am thankful for all the opportunities I will receive today.
- I am grateful to acknowledge my worthiness today.
- I appreciate the people in my life and treat them with love and kindness only.
We hope this article motivates you to start practicing gratitude affirmations in the morning. If you’re skeptical we encourage you to give it a go, to experience the positive effects for yourself. Keep in mind that as with anything, consistent practice is necessary in order to reap the benefits.
Are you motivated to start with your own affirmations? If you’re looking for more inspiration, then you may find what you’re looking for in our app Deep Meditate. It contains guided meditations to be more grateful and various affirmation-based meditations.