Morning affirmations, similar to manifestation, are a powerful and positive way to start your day. (In this article I’ll also be addressing the questions what is manifesting and how to manifest – but with a twist!) Whether you wake up feeling great, or maybe not so much – positive morning affirmations can help you to recalibrate, focus on being intentional, and view life through a lens of gratitude for morning positivity to see you through the entire day.
And of course we all know that gratitude is just about the most compelling force there is when it comes to our mindset. If you want to feel better, practice gratitude.
Caveat: there’s such a thing as toxic positivity, which I do not endorse; gratitude has to be authentic and come from within.
The good news is that some carefully selected morning affirmations are perfect to recenter yourself and reframe your situation on those days it’s required.
What is Manifestation / What is Manifesting?
Manifestation, or manifesting, have become popular buzzwords in the wellness industry, but I prefer the theory of affirmations. The principles are similar, but with subtle differences.
Manifestation is the idea that believing in something strongly enough and living accordingly will bring it to fruition.
Here’s the thing guys… I don’t buy into the universe rewarding deep desires. Sorry, but it’s not realistic to think wishing and fervently believing that the power of that wish is going to make it so. It’s simply going to result in a lot of unnecessary disappointment, and that’s not something I can promote.
Manifestation vs Affirmations – What’s the Difference?
The difference is science.
It would be fabulous if yearning for something strongly enough could in itself be enough to make our dreams a reality, but life just doesn’t work that way.
How to Manifest? Don’t! Try Affirmations Instead
However… There is something to the concept, if you’re willing to take a step back, be openminded, and consider the psychology of beliefs and how they can influence our behaviour.
If you’re ready to step away from manifestations and embrace a more rational approach to the goal of manifesting, affirmations can absolutely fill that gap.
What are Morning Affirmations?
To affirm something simply means to declare it true, and in the context of positive affirmations and personal development, is a profoundly powerful tool.
Morning affirmations are short, positive statements, often beginning with ‘I am’. While affirmations can be used at any time of the day, morning affirmations are specifically designed to be recited soon after you wake up, to set you up for a fantastic day.
Do Morning Affirmations Work?
Truthfully, when I first started learning about affirmations, I was skeptical about their value. They seemed a little bit pseudo-science nonsense. But having looked into them, that’s just not the case – they’re different to manifestations but in the best way, because they have psychological basis. A simple explanation that speaks to me is given by Lisa Legault, assistant professor of psychology:
Self-affirmation is the process of reminding yourself of the values and interests “that constitute your true or core self.”Lisa Legault
I can be on board with that. But if you’re still looking for something more concrete to convince you that self-affirmations can deliver morning positivity, there’s proven science to back up their efficacy, and recent research demonstrates the benefit of using affirmations:
A 2015 study published in the Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Journal found that self-affirmation activates well-known reward centres in the brain, as well as increasing activity in the medial prefrontal cortex and posterior cingulate. These areas are connected to self-related processing and act as an emotional buffer to painful, negative, or threatening information.
That said, it’s worth noting that in some cases where there may be underlying issues such as PTSD, affirmations by themselves may not be effective. Affirmations are powerful, but if you’re struggling with trauma then you may benefit from seeing a therapist too.
So How Do Positive Affirmations Work?
How can simply reciting what you would like to be, manifest that wish into actually being? It all comes down to the way the brain works, something called neuroplasticity, which not only provides some insight into how affirmations work, but also how to make them more effective.
The brain can be tricked into believing something imagined is in fact real; with affirmations, we use this to our advantage.
Visualising yourself successfully doing something that fills you with anxiety, such as public speaking or parachuting, activates the same areas of the brain as when you actually experience those intimidating situations.
Affirmations work in exactly the same way: when you repeat something often enough, your brain can be tricked into believing it as fact, and your actions will often follow.
It’s not about magical manifestation; it’s a legitimate technique to prevent your nerves or anxiety from leading to self-sabotaging negative self-talk.
How Can I Use Positive Affirmations Effectively?
There’s an art to creating effective affirmations. Language is powerful, and so we need to be careful to get it right.
To make affirmations really effective, a great tip is to use ‘I am’ statements.
Why? Because these are two of the most powerful words in the English language. And ‘I am’ statements perfectly and entirely embody the concept of how affirmations work.
It’s also important to remain positive – we’re wired to more successfully absorb a positively written statement than a negative one. So, for the best results from an affirmation, instead of ‘I am not …’ it’s beneficial to rewrite to be an ‘I am’ assertion.
Affirmations can be used for both tangible and intangible hopes, wishes, and goals. My personal belief is that over and above attaining increased wealth or status, gratitude and reframing are the most beneficial way for us to achieve happiness. Therefore my recommendation is to use affirmations accordingly.
The fact is, you could be a billionaire living in the most desirable location on the planet, and without a healthy mindset, you still wouldn’t be happy.
That’s not to say I don’t have aspirations, I do – and so should you! It’s just not the way I like to use affirmations. I far prefer to pursue contentment than stuff.
How to Practice Morning Affirmations
While there are a few guidelines to give positive daily affirmations the best possible chance of working for you, there’s only one critical rule:
You must make them a ritual!
This means you must commit to them on a regular basis until they become a healthy new habit. The best way to do this is to decide how and when you are going to practice your affirmations, and note it down somewhere prominent.
Writing things down helps to make them feel like a more formal promise to yourself and works as a form of accountability. But, don’t consider affirmations a chore – they’re a form of self-care. Committing to a routine of positive self-talk is one of the best things you can do for your self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth.
What Are the Best Daily Morning Affirmations For Being Positive in Life?
The best morning affirmations are the ones that resonate with you. I’ve listed out some below that you’re welcome to use as they are or tweak, but writing your own adds a powerful dimension to what is already a powerful technique.
Creating positive morning affirmations that truly mean something to you will:
- Decrease any self-consciousness in reciting them (I get it, it’s totally alien when you start!),
- Make them feel more personal,
- Increase their value,
- Help you to believe in them,
- …And therefore make them more likely to work for you.
How to Write Morning Affirmations That Really Resonate
It’s one thing to commit to reciting affirmations, but coming up with a list of them that you’re comfortable with can be completely daunting. If you’re feeling overwhelmed at the prospect, these are some tips for writing your own affirmations:
Write ‘I am’ statements.
Sticking to this formula gives you focus and consistency and, quite simply, will help you to remember your affirmations! Plus the repetitiveness will help to turn your morning affirmations into a mantra, which can be easily chanted as you shower, get dressed, or make your breakfast.
That said, once you get comfortable with affirmations, don’t feel you can’t mix it up – you can write some awesome affirmations with a variation on this format which can be an excellent complement to your ‘I am’ statements.
2. Make your statements positive.
These are positive affirmations, not negative. State (affirm) what you want and intend to pursue.
3. Be specific.
For example, instead of simply saying ‘I am grateful’, use that as a starting point and then say what you’re grateful for; instead of ‘I am brave’, state what goal your bravery is going to enable you to achieve.
Getting specific helps you to be intentional and laser-focused on your goals.
4. Use the present tense.
This is important because it’s all about the trickery we talked about earlier – we want to rewire your brain to believe these things are already true – that’s the true power of affirmations.
5. use emotive language.
To really make your affirmations ultra effective, include compelling, emotive words in your statements.
78 Positive Morning Affirmations
While I’m all for living an intentional life, seeking your purpose and being open to personal growth, you won’t find affirmations here about abundance and vibrations. If that’s your bag then that’s cool, but for me it’s all about viewing affirmations through the lens of science and psychology, and these affirmations are designed to fit that context.
I’ve included a few at the end which are left for you to complete, so if there’s specific language that I’ve not used but which does resonate with you, you may like to personalise those. Alternatively please feel free to chop this list up and style it your own way!
- I am excited and ready for the day ahead and all that it will bring.
- I am grateful for the beauty in the world and in my life.
- I am choosing in every moment to see the good around me.
- I am optimistic about this glorious new day.
- I am fortunate to be alive and thankful for my experiences.
- I am comfortable and content in my remarkable body.
- I am responsible for my own happiness and I choose to pursue the things that bring me peace and joy.
- I am open and receptive to healing and nurturing.
- I am trusting in my intuition and wisdom to guide me along the path that is right for me.
- I am open to and worthy of receiving love and kindness.
- I am allowed to ask for the things I need and want.
- I am enjoying discovering new things about myself and open to learning more.
- I am in awe of and exhilarated by the beauty of nature.
- I am committed to growth and joy.
- I am gentle in my heart and firm in my boundaries.
- I am good at what I do and deserve recognition and success.
- I am thrilled by the sensations and experiences my body allows me to experience.
- I am worthy of all the good and wonderful things I desire.
- I am more than my current circumstances.
- I am capable and worthy of achieving my goals.
- I am in control of the way I respond to challenging emotions.
- I am allowed to change my mind about anything I want to.
- I am capable of creating healthy balance in my life.
- I am cherished and supported by those who love me.
- I am worthy of investing in myself.
- I am both allowed and comfortable saying no.
- I am growing, learning, and evolving.
- I am grateful for this beautiful gift of life.
- I am allowed to make mistakes and exercise self-compassion.
- I am a good and kind person with so much to offer.
- I am feeling appreciation for all the wonderful people in my life.
- I am choosing to live in alignment with my values for a peaceful life.
- I am choosing to focus on all the positives in my life.
- I am committed to improving my wellbeing.
- I am in charge of how I feel and I choose to feel happy.
- I am surrounded by beauty and positivity.
- I am becoming closer to my true self every day.
- I am honest and loyal to myself and others.
- I am going at my own pace, the perfect speed for me.
- I am ready to face the day with confidence and curiosity.
- I am inspired to be creative today.
- I am authentically myself.
- I am enough as I am, but I choose to continue growing.
- I am open to learning new things and thinking in new ways.
- I deserve to be heard and understood.
- There is so much joy waiting to be discovered in my world.
- I deserve to feel peace and pleasure, in my mind, body, and soul.
- I have agency and I choose my own destiny.
- I breathe in healing and exhale pain and sorrow.
- I nurture my mind, body, and soul with kindness and nourishment.
- I embrace challenges and the lessons they offer.
- There is value in my thoughts and ideas.
- I accept my difficult feelings and allow them to serve their purpose; then I let them go.
- I alone hold the truth of who I am.
- I allow myself to enjoy all things in moderation.
- I make self-esteem and self-worth priorities in my life.
- My feelings are valid and deserve to be recognised.
- I treat myself as I would a friend, with kindness and compassion.
- My perspective is important and worthy of being heard.
- My happiness is a journey, not a destination.
- I respect myself enough to feel grief when necessary.
- I accept, respect, and value myself as I am, and commit to continued growth.
- I strive to be my best, not the best.
- I give myself permission to do what is right for me.
- I believe in myself and my worth.
- I have everything I need to face obstacles and succeed.
- I have space in my life for new and exciting things.
- I practice mindfulness and gratitude daily.
- Every day I am becoming a better version of myself.
- My body is a vessel of wellness and positivity.
- I give myself permission to let go of pain, to be content and at peace.
And a few more ideas for you to complete yourself…
- I am proud of the way I…
- I love that I can help others with/by/to…
- I am grateful to my body for…
- My greatest strength is…
- I am confident in my ability to…
- I give myself permission to start…
- The kindest thing I can do for myself is… and I commit to making this a priority.
Final Thoughts on Self-Affirmations and Morning Positivity
As with all things personal growth, there are no guarantees here. The mind works in fascinating and mysterious ways and we can only take a best guess and use the information we have available.
If you’re open to the concept of affirmations and what they can do for you then the evidence clearly illustrates their value. They certainly can’t be harmful, and there’s a fair chance that with a commitment to practicing them regularly, they’ll help you to start your days with some morning positivity that will see you through till evening.
Even if affirmations are not life-changing for you, incorporating any kind of self-improvement strategies into your life is only going to positively influence your mindset.