You know those morning when you wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Whether you got a crappy night’s sleep or you’re stressed about a meeting in a few hours, you’re just not feeling it. One way to turn things around? Morning affirmations, or positive statements or phrases you say to yourself (or out loud) in order to promote a positive outlook. Below, 50 morning affirmations that will help you start your day on the right foot—plus, how affirmations work in the first place.
50 Morning Affirmations to Help Start Your Day with Gratitude, Healing & Happiness
Life is good
What Are Affirmations?
As NYC-based neuropsychologist Dr. Sanam Hafeez told us last spring, “Affirmations are positive statements or phrases that are repeated regularly with the aim of changing negative thoughts and behavior patterns into positive ones.” When used consistently, these positive statements can “change negative self-talk, boost self-esteem, challenge self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviors, and promote overall well-being.”
What Are the Benefits of Morning Affirmations?
Though it might feel silly at first to repeat a phrase (or several) to yourself every morning, morning affirmations can actually have a positive impact on your life. In fact, research—like this 2016 study published in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience—has confirmed that affirmations can have a positive impact on mental and emotional health over time. A separate 2013 study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that people can actually boost their ability to solve problems under pressure by using self-affirmation (which could include repeating morning affirmations). The point is, looking at yourself in the mirror and repeating, “I am on my way to becoming the best version of myself,” every day could actually, you know, lead to you becoming the best version of yourself.