Positive Affirmations: 101 Life-Changing Thoughts To Practice Daily

Over thirty years ago, I came across the book You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hay. The book is about self-healing through the use of positive affirmations that correspond with different illnesses and ailments.

I was intrigued by the book at the time, but also skeptical about Ms. Hay's claims that our thoughts and lack of self-love contribute to disease and that positive affirmations can help heal us.

Although I understood how affirmations could support positive thinking, I didn't believe they could change the cells and chemistry in my body.

Why Daily Affirmations Are Powerful

Now I know that science supports the power of positive affirmations.

Affirmations are basically a form of auto-suggestion, and when practiced deliberately and repeatedly, they reinforce chemical pathways in the brain, strengthening neural connections.

Says David J. Hellerstein, M.D., a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University, “In brief, we have realized that ‘neuroplasticity,' the ongoing remodeling of brain structure and function, occurs throughout life. It can be affected by life experiences, genes, biological agents, and by behavior, as well as by thought patterns.”

Neuroscience now proves that our thoughts can change the structure and function of our brains.

(If you want to learn more about this fascinating science, check out the book The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge, M.D.)

By practicing positive thought patterns (affirmations) repetitively, we actually create neuroplasticity in the area of the brain that processes what we are thinking about. The key is repetition so you flood your brain with the positive thought.

The Benefits of Affirmations

Repeating daily affirmations isn't just a “feel good” exercise for making you more positive and optimistic. Affirmations have some real benefits including:

  • They reinforce your goals and help you achieve them.
  • They motivate you to take positive, forward-moving action in your daily activities.
  • They allow you to focus more on positive thoughts than self-defeating thoughts.
  • They help relieve stress and anxiety.
  • They foster mental clarity and focus.
  • They help build stronger, more intimate relationships.
  • They improve feelings of gratitude, appreciation, and general happiness.
  • They work in tandem with other mindfulness activities like meditation and present moment awareness.

When practicing affirmations, choose one or two to focus on daily for several weeks.

Say the affirmation out loud in a confident voice several times a day and before you go to bed. To add more power to the positive affirmation, write it down as you speak it. Be sure your affirmations are in the present tense, as though they are a current reality.

Here is a list of 101 daily positive affirmations you can practice to rewire your brain and change your life:

Happiness Affirmations

1. Happiness is my birthright. I embrace happiness as my setpoint state of being.

2. I feel joy and contentment at this moment right now.

3. I awaken in the morning feeling happy and enthusiastic about life.

4. I can tap into a wellspring of inner happiness anytime I wish.

5. By allowing myself to be happy, I inspire others to be happy as well.

6. I have fun with all of my endeavors, even the most mundane.

7. I look at the world around me and can't help but smile and feel joy.

8. I find joy and pleasure in the most simple things in life.

Simple Self-Confidence

9. I have an active sense of humor and love to share laughter with others.

10. My heart is overflowing with joy.

11. I rest in happiness when I go to sleep, knowing all is well in my world.

Love Relationship Affirmations

12. My partner and I share a deep and powerful love for each other.

13. I respect and admire my partner and see the best in him/her.

14. I love my partner exactly how he/she is and enjoy his/her unique qualities.

15. My partner and I share emotional intimacy daily through talking and touch.

16. I have healthy boundaries with my partner.

17. My partner and I have fun together and find new ways to enjoy our time together.

18. My partner and I communicate openly and resolve conflict peacefully and respectfully.

19. I am able to be fully myself and completely authentic in my love relationship.

20.  I communicate my desires and needs clearly and confidently with my partner.

21. I want the best for my partner and easily go out of my way to support him/her.

Positive Affirmations For Success

22. I expect to be successful in all of my endeavors. Success is my natural state.

23. I easily find solutions to challenges and roadblocks and move past them quickly.

24. Mistakes and setbacks are stepping stones to my success because I learn from them.

25. Every day in every way, I am becoming more and more successful.

26. I feel successful in my life right now, even as I work toward future success.

27. I know exactly what I need to do to achieve success.

28. I see fear as the fuel for my success and take bold action in spite of fear.

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29. I feel powerful, capable, confident, energetic, and on top of the world.

30. I have an intention for success and know it is a reality awaiting my arrival.

31. I have now reached my goal of _______ and feel the excitement of my achievement.

32. Today I am successful. Tomorrow I will be successful. Every day I am successful.

Positive Affirmations For Self-Confidence

33. When I breathe, I inhale confidence and exhale timidity.

34. I love meeting strangers and approach them with boldness and enthusiasm.

35. I live in the present and am confident of the future.

36. My personality exudes confidence. I am bold and outgoing.

37. I am self-reliant, creative and persistent in whatever I do.

38. I am energetic and enthusiastic. Confidence is my second nature.

39. I always attract only the best of circumstances and the best positive people in my life.

Simple Self-Confidence

40. I am a problem solver. I focus on solutions and always find the best solution.

41. I love change and easily adjust myself to new situations.

42. I am well groomed, healthy and full of confidence. My outer self is matched by my inner well being.

43. Self-confidence is what I thrive on. Nothing is impossible and life is great.

45. I always see only the good in others. I attract only positive confident people.

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Daily Positive Affirmations

46. I approve of myself and love myself deeply and completely.

47. Life is happening in this moment.

48. I trust myself and know my inner wisdom is my best guide.

49. I have integrity. I am totally reliable. I do what I say.

50. I act from a place of personal security.

51. I fully accept myself and know that I am worthy of great things in life.

52. I choose to be proud of myself.

53. I accept and embrace all experiences, even unpleasant ones.

54. I fill my mind with positive and nourishing thoughts.

55. My confidence, self-esteem, and inner wisdom are increasing with each day.

56. My immune system is very strong and can deal with any kind of bacteria, germs, and viruses.

Positive Affirmations For Healing

57. Every cell in my body vibrates with energy and health.

58. I observe my emotions without getting attached to them.

59. I nourish my body with healthy food.

60. All of my body systems are functioning perfectly.

61. My body is healing, and I feel better and better every day.

62. I enjoy exercising my body and strengthening my muscles.

63. With every breath out, I release stress in my body.

64. I send love and healing to every organ of my body.

65. I breathe deeply, exercise regularly and feed only good nutritious food to my body.
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66. I pay attention and listen to what my body needs for health and vitality.

67. I sleep soundly and peacefully and awaken feeling rested and energetic.

68. I am surrounded by people who encourage and support healthy choices.

Positive Affirmations For Stress

69. My world is a peaceful, loving, and joy-filled place to live.

70. I sow the seeds of peace wherever I go.

71. I surround myself with peaceful people.

72. My work environment is calm and peaceful.

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73. I breathe in peace, I breathe out chaos and disorder.

74. My home is a peaceful sanctuary where I feel safe and happy.

75. In all that I say and do, I choose peace.

76. I release past anger and hurts and fill myself with serenity and peaceful thoughts.

77. Peace descends all around me now and always.

78. I send peace from myself into the world.

79. I respond peacefully in all situations.

Positive I Am Affirmations

80. I am grounded in the experience of the present moment.

81. I am focused and engaged in the task at hand.

82. I am conscious that all is well right now.

83. I am grateful for this moment and find joy in it.

84. I am free of anxiety, and a calm inner peace fills my mind and body.

85. I am not my thoughts and pay attention to my actions without judging them.

86. I am fully present in all of my relationships.

87. I am unique. I feel good about being alive and being me.

88. I find deep inner peace within myself as I am.

89. I am completely pain-free, and my body is full of energy.

90. Every day I am more and more at ease.

91. I am in the present moment and release the past to live fully now.


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Positive Affirmations for Anxiety

92. Calmness washes over me with every deep breath I take.

93. I meditate easily without resistance or anxiety.

94. Being calm and relaxed energizes my whole being.

95. All the muscles in my body are releasing and relaxing.

96. All negativity and stress are evaporating from my body and my mind.

97. I breathe in relaxation. I breathe out stress.

98. Even when there is chaos around me, I remain calm and centered.

99. I transcend stress of any kind. I live in peace.

100. I gently and easily return to the present moment.

101. All is well in my world. I am calm, happy, and content.

Did you find any value from this list of positive affirmations?

I hope you'll use this list of positive affirmations to help you keep your mind centered on positivity. Which positive affirmations were the more motivating and inspirational for you?

Would you like to help others?

It would be really great if you could help me spread these positive affirmations to others. Would you be willing to send out some love to your friends and family? Please share these daily affirmations on your preferred social media platform.

Have you used positive affirmations in your life? If so, how have they impacted you? What are some of your favorite affirmations? photo credit: Jim Blob Blann

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  • Amit

    Dear Barrie Madam,

    Hi. I have been in a depression from last 16 years and not enjoying life at all. Depression is so routed in me even i am not able to diagnose and fix my problem area. How to enjoy life? how to set goals? how to keep my spirit high?

    With Regards,

    Amit

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      Barrie Davenport

      Hi Amit,
      You need to go to a doctor to get treatment. That is the first step toward feeling better.

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      SOURABH

      Dear Amit

      The most effective anti depressant is nothing but physical exercise. Make a schedule of morning or evening for at least an hour. Exercise to release as much sweat as possible. Believe me with this sweat your depression will wash away.

      Smile as much as possible.

      Sleep for at least 8 hours.

      Then see the miracle
      (can say this so confidently cause I have used all this recently and am cheerfully out of depression.)

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      Jason

      Hey Amit,

      Affirmations most likely won’t be strong enough for you to recover from your depression. Would agree with the advice to see someone. There are some things you can do. Choose to send the thoughts back. Let’s say your thought is ‘Why bother, I’ll only fail’. Send it back by asking your mind ‘What if I did succeed’. Your mind may send it back but just keep doing this.

      You can also do some research into foods that affect your happiness. There’s some research around, although I haven’t studied it, that says food can help to lift your spirits.

      With affirmations, you might like to bridge the gap. If you go around saying ‘I am super happy to be alive’ your mind will most likely reject this. Try something like ‘I can choose to be happier’. Also try meditating and doing yoga asanas. Hold them for at least a minute each. This makes me feel seriously relaxed after just 5-10 minutes.

      My email is in my profile. I’d love to know how you get on! Good luck!

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  • Jason

    Hi Barrie,

    This is a great, all-encompassing list of affirmations that can help people take a step closer to their ideal mindset. I’ve used affirmations on and off. For a while i had a list of them stuck to the wall of the bathroom so everytime I was in there I read them through several times. I like to chunk them down if the gap is too much. Like, if someone trys to affirm that they are happy when they are the opposite, I find it better to say something like ‘I am getting better at…’.

    Thanks again for a great list!
    Jason

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  • ernie 45701

    im feeling depressed today im taking meds for my depression but my life is hard i lost my mom she passed away this summer and i miss her but she has moved on to see the heaven and god and jesus i miss her a lot though my depression has gotten worse since her passing and i need positive affirmations to overcome my depression

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  • Jawhar

    Good one, Thanks for all the great affirmations. It would have been helpful if there was a PDF download option with all these affirmations. Because people like me will be always uploading whatsapp statuses. hehe..

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  • Michelle Kowalski

    Hey, this is a pretty great list. I’ve been shopping around for some really good affirmations because I am committed to healing myself from quite severe symptoms of MS which are manifesting presently. I am crusading for my life here, and need good crusader tunes, or affirmations. Maybe I’ll put them to song! Yes, I like that immediately and immensely! A lot of your affirmations have more spirit than most. Quite a bit more a lot of the time! Good for you! GOOD for ME!!! I feel jazzed about using some of your affirmations and I’ve been to about six lists now and haven’t felt that way anywhere else! You’ve done a great job and given me a GREAT gift! Thank you SO much. From the bottom of my heart 🙂

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