Do you know what an affirmation is? Do you use affirmations to help you navigate through your daily life? The use of affirmations in our life can be a powerful tool to help keep our attitude where it needs to be, to motivate us, to move us in a straighter line toward our goals, and overall lead us to a happier life.
Research has shown, and proven, that the power of boiling down positive thoughts to simple, repeated phrases rewires the brain and boosts psychological resources.
A later study, published in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, was able to capture the effect of affirmations using an MRI. Participants who gave positive self-affirmations showed increased activity in various parts of the prefrontal cortex and other areas of the brain. This determined, proactive action by you will facilitate more positive and consistent action toward your goals. The most powerful positive affirmations are going to be ones that go directly against negative thought patterns you have.
Last week we learned how our brain chemistry is actually rewired by our thought processes. You can read about it www.sparkpeople.
. If you think about it, stress usually just doesn’t come out of nowhere and knock on your front door. It usually begins with something small and innocuous, and any successive stressors just begin to add to and pile on until all of a sudden you suddenly let it all loose.
I’ve chosen happiness as this week’s focus as a natural continuation toward meeting our goals for the year. So much that surrounds us these days is focused on the negative, and it is subconsciously easy to slip and slide down the slippery slope into that mindset. Sometimes, it is our own self-talk that can cause us to slip, and drive our stress levels into the danger zone.
For these reasons, this is the daily affirmation I have set for myself this week:
“Today I am happy with my life. I am moving toward my goals, and that makes me happy.”
You are welcome to use this one, or write one, or more, that is more tailored to your life.
The best place to begin to look and find happiness is in the little things in your life.
Start with yourself, and then your family. By starting with yourself, you’ll begin to feel better about yourself, and that will naturally expand your "happiness zone" to the rest of your family, and they too, will be drawn into the subconscious feeling of happiness that surrounds them being given out by you.
Charles Spurgeon adds, “It is not how much we have . . . but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.”
In closing, one of my favorite philosophers sums up happiness like this, “If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the world belongs to you.” ~ Lao Tzu
Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, affirming week!!!