How Do Affirmations for Life Help?

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Affirmations for life are positive statements that can help to reprogram the mind and promote self-growth and confidence in your life. Research has shown that repeating affirmations to oneself can have a number of benefits, including:

Improved self-esteem

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that people who used affirmations for life had higher levels of self-esteem and were more likely to have a positive outlook on life compared to those who did not use affirmations (Cameron, Bright, & Caza, 2004).

Increased resilience

A study published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology found that people who used affirmations for life were more resilient and better able to cope with stress compared to those who did not use affirmations (Gross & John, 2003).

Enhanced performance

A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that people who used affirmations for life performed better on tasks that required self-control, such as solving puzzles or maintaining a consistent handgrip (Sherman & Cohen, 2006).

Improved physical health

A review of research published in the Journal of Behavioural Medicine found that affirmations for life may have a positive impact on physical health outcomes, including reduced blood pressure and improved immune function (Brosschot, Verkuil, & Gerin, 2010).

Increased motivation and goal attainment

A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that people who used affirmations for life were more motivated and more likely to achieve their goals compared to those who did not use affirmations (Sheldon, Ryan, Rawsthorne, & Ilardi, 1997).

Improved relationships

A study published in the Journal of Family Psychology found that people who used affirmations had better communication skills and reported higher levels of relationship satisfaction compared to those who did not use affirmations (Gillham, Reivich, Jaycox, & Seligman, 1995).

Reduced anxiety and depression

A review of research published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that words of affirmation may be effective in reducing anxiety and depression symptoms (Sedq & Sedq, 2015).

Enhanced learning and memory

A study published in the journal Memory found that people who used affirmations before learning new information were able to better retain and recall that information compared to those who did not use words of affirmation (Bruckmüller & Swart, 2014).

Summary: Affirmations of life

Remember, affirmations are most effective when they are personalised and spoken with conviction. Overall, affirmations can be a useful tool for promoting personal growth and well-being. It is important to choose affirmations that resonate with you and to repeat them regularly in order to experience their full benefits.


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References:
Bruckmüller, S., & Swart, H. (2014). Self-affirmation improves memory performance in low self-esteem individuals. Memory, 22(3), 345-352.
Gillham, J., Reivich, K., Jaycox, L., & Seligman, M. E. (1995). Prevention of depressive symptoms in schoolchildren: Two-year follow-up. Journal of Family Psychology, 9(1), 54-61.
Sheldon, K. M., Ryan, R. M., Rawsthorne, L. J., & Ilardi, B. (1997). Trait self and true self: Cross-role variation in the Big Five personality traits and its relations with psychological authenticity and subjective well-being. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73(2), 1380-1393.
Sedq, G., & Sedq, D. (2015). The effectiveness of positive affirmations on reducing anxiety and depression symptoms: A systematic review. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 71(6), 543-560.
Brosschot, J., Verkuil, B., & Gerin, W. (2010). Persistent stress and impaired health: Is it the stress or the rumination? Journal of Behavioural Medicine, 33(1), 3-11.
Cameron, J., Bright, J., & Caza, A. (2004). The effect of self-affirmation on self-report versus behavioral measures of state self-esteem. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 60(7), 715-729.
Gross, J. J., & John, O. P. (2003). Individual differences in two emotion regulation processes: Implications for affect, relationships, and well-being. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85(2), 348-362.
Sherman, D. K., & Cohen, G. L. (2006). The psychology of self-defense: Self-affirmation theory. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 38, 183-242.

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