Talk to yourself as if anything is possible.
Did you believe in them? Did they show you a new version of yourself?
We have a tendency to hinder ourselves with negativity so much that saying something positive just doesn’t feel right.
We forget what it is like to feel great and to be great.
Affirmations not only affect our minds, but also our bodies.
Studies have shown that people who constantly fill their minds with positive thinking have stronger muscles than those who bombard themselves with negative thoughts. When we think positively, our muscles are more active on a daily basis.
On the other hand, when we constantly tell our selves “we are tired” or “we can’t accomplish something” our muscles and bones get physically weaker.
Affirmations allow you to be healthy in your body and your mind.
“The primary cause of unhappiness in never the situation but thought about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking.”
~ Eckhart Tolle
To fully grasp the benefits of reciting affirmations it’s important to understand what happens to your brain as you say them.
The way affirmations work is that they are directly connected to our brains and our consciousness.
Here is some of the science behind affirmations:
Affirmations utilize the Reticular Activating System.
Since there is so much information and stimulus going through our brains every single day, the RAS helps us filter out what we or do not need.
It recognizes what is most important to us based on our interests, goals, needs, and desires, and eliminates the rest from our immediate consciousness.
When we repeat our affirmations, our thoughts send a clear message to our RAS that this is something that is important to us, and in turn, our mind will help us notice and achieve those things in our lives.
A simple example.
Your friend gets a new car, a Toyota Corolla, and shows it to you. You’ve never noticed this car before, but ever since she got it, you start seeing them everywhere around you.
It’s not that the car wasn’t around before, it just had no immediate importance in your mind so you always looked right past it without even noticing it.
Why affirmations work.
If you repeatedly tell your brain, “I am having a great day today” then your brain registers it as important and allows you to notice all the good that occurs during your day.
On the contrary, if you wake up thinking about how difficult or challenging your day will be, you are only going to notice the hardships and annoyances of your day.