Positivity has become a buzzword of late. It makes sense — after all, who wants to earn a reputation as a Debbie Downer? However, when life’s challenges begin pressing down on you, it’s hard to maintain a happy face. That’s why you need a positive word of the day.
You can begin each morning by establishing an expectation that it will go better than you planned. When you encounter roadblocks, you will have a mantra ready to power you through the ups and downs.
Why Positive Affirmations?
Do positive declarations even work? Research indicates that what you put into your affirmations matters more than standing in front of the mirror and chanting, “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough and, gosh darn it, people like me,” like SNL’s Stuart Smalley. If you merely repeat kind things, but you have low self-esteem, your psyche instantly seeks to reject what you’ve avered. This mental block has the ironic effect of making you feel even worse!
To get the most out of your affirmations, it’s better to attach them to a small goal so that they ring true to your ears. For example, if you want to feel better about your body, you might say, “I take care of my body by doing _____.” You’re not telling yourself you run like a gazelle if you can barely jog around the block, but you give yourself honest props for taking a 15-minute walk instead of eating a bag of chips.
Another way positive affirmations help you is through helping you identify negative language and counter it. For example, when you catch yourself thinking, “People think I’m annoying,” you can counter that with one of your positive qualities — like your determination to improve your outlook continually.
Besides, what’s the point of focusing on the negative, anyway? Could the worst happen? Sure. However, it’s just as likely that the best possible scenario will come to pass — and think of all that time you wasted feeling miserable for no reason once it does.
You can’t control everything — but you can manage your outlook. Doing so can cut unnecessary stress from your life.
Suggestions for Your Word of the Day
The best part about adopting a positive word of the day? You don’t have to limit yourself. Break some rules! What matters is that the affirmation you select speaks to your unique soul. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
- Confidence: Who has the power to make things happen? You do! Pick this word on client presentation days to remind yourself to work it like a boss.
- Authentic: Few people want to hang out with a phony. Use this positive word of the day to remind yourself to let your genuine self shine.
- Adventurous: Are you taking off on your first solo road trip? Maybe you’re taking a Latin dance class for the first time? Use this word to remind yourself that you’re fearless.
- Creative: Perhaps you’re writing the Great American Novel. Use this word to get that inspiration flowing.
- Energized: Did a string of gray, gloomy days dampen your spirit? Not with this positive affirmation — and maybe a few jumping jacks to get the blood pumping.
Other Affirmation Ideas
Try selecting a daily theme song, as music can help you drown out irrational thoughts. Pick an upbeat jam that you love and start your morning with it on your playlist. Whenever you need a boost, pump up the volume. Another excellent option is a quote of the day, such as, “If life were predictable, it would cease to be life, and be without flavor,” a tip from Eleanor Roosevelt.
If you want to combine self-care with positivity, choose an activity to get into. Perhaps you want to treat yourself to a Zumba class. Maybe you’re looking forward to a bubble bath after work. Anything works, as long as it makes you feel good about yourself.
What’s Your Positive Word of the Day?
Now that you know the importance of staying uplifted, what’s your positive word of the day? Celebrate the goodness in each new dawn with a unique mantra to adjust your mindset.
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