Positive Affirmations - the science behind them
Affirmations are positive reminders or statements that can be used to encourage and motivate yourself. Daily affirmations can help set the tone for your day. Intuitively, you know it’s a healthy practice.
"I feed my spirit, I train my body, I focus my mind, It's my time"
🔬But if you are still skeptical and need convincing, the science behind affirmation in neurological terms is there too: those who are more positive of thought will have a more active pre-frontal cortex. Indeed, Brain MRI scans have shown that self-affirmation activates well-known reward centers in the brain, including the pre-frontal cortex - these are the same reward centers that respond to other pleasurable experiences, such as eating your favorite meal or winning a prize.
"I give myself permission to do what is right for me"
The prefrontal cortex helps people set and achieve goals. Affirmations “up-regulate” and activate the prefrontal cortex which in turn ensures the hypothalamus produces more *serotonin*, the “happy hormone”.
In a nutshell, positive affirmations fuel the brain, allowing you to see a clearer path towards that best version of you.
"My body is healthy, my mind is brilliant, my soul is tranquil"
When you do affirmations, you are teaching your brain a new way to think about the world. This changes what your brain processes on your behalf, leading you to see different things and have different thoughts, until the landscape changes so much that you get what it is you affirmed. The best affirmations are specific because it gives your brain a very clear set of guidelines on what to process for you.
"I share my talents with the world by (fill in the blank)"
When I first started my daily affirmations a friend told me “it sounds cheesy” and that surely I don’t “just stand there saying these things to myself in the mirror”... Well, I do. And I have found huge comfort and drive through this simple practice.
I leave you on this note:
“the thoughts we think equal the results we get”