Video: Do affirmations work?

This NB we look at affirmations: Do they actually work? We also share a video you can use each morning. Spend 3 minutes getting your day started right, so you can fulfill your highest potential. 

Affirmations are statements used to reprogram your brain with new, positive thoughts. 

It’s likely you use them and don’t even know it. Maybe you say or thing things like: 

“You got this”
“You can do it!”
“It’s all going to be alright”

Simple statements like this are a way to refocus or change negative thinking that may be a habit for you. 

You may have heard affirmations like, “I allow good things to come to me” or “Everything is always working out for me.” 

Creating and working with powerful statements like these has become a very popular self-help method. 

But do they actually work? 

 

 

There is considerable science to support a resounding YES. For example… 

There’s MRI evidence suggesting that certain pathways in your brain are increased when you practice self-affirmation.

One 5-year study showed that when you practice positive affirmations, you begin to view “otherwise-threatening information as more self-relevant and valuable.” 

So basically it helps the way you perceive the world and see more good. 

Here’s some more benefits of affirmations that come from studies. (sources listed below)

Self-affirmations can: 

  • Decrease health-deteriorating stress 
  • Be used effectively in interventions that led people to increase their physical behavior
  • Help us to perceive otherwise “threatening” messages with less resistance, including interventions
  • Make us less likely to dismiss harmful health messages, responding instead with the intention to change for the better and to eat more fruit and vegetables
  • Support academic achievement by mitigating GPA decline in students who feel left out at college 
  • Lower stress and rumination

Wow, makes you wanna try them out, hey? (Full disclosure, I’ve been using them with great results for a longggg time!)

With that, here’s a 3-minute video of affirmations you can use each and every day to get started off right!

It’s something our new friend Daynette May created last year. You might remember we shared about her amazing 3-Day Abundance Challenge, yesterday. 

Definitely check it out if you want to know more about using the power of your mind to turnaround your life.

You Got This!

P.S. Daynette’s story is pretty amazing… 

She went from being a broke single mom with just $47 to her name and dealing with the loss of her son…

To owning three 8-figure businesses, marrying the man of her dreams, creating a dynamic family life, and living out her purpose. 

If you’re in the USA, you can get And she’ll give you access to her upcoming 3-day Live Abundance Challenge (a $3,000 value) absolutely FR–EE.

 

>>Get in on the challenge here!

 

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