Our words are powerful.
The way you talk to yourself on a daily basis is a good predictor of the kind of life that you end up with.
You can do it. You’ve got this. You’re strong.
These are the types of things we’d say to friends, colleagues, and family members who need a lift. However, when the focus shifts to us, the compassion we generously extend to others seems to evaporate.
Taking control of your life starts with taking control of your internal dialogue. If you don’t believe that you are enough, you never will be. If you don’t believe happiness is attainable, you’ll unfortunately be correct.
Positive affirmations are a great way to shift the paradigm and start consciously forming new beliefs about yourself.
In today’s article, we’re going to dive into an extensive list of affirmations for happiness that you can start using to shift your self-talk from negative to positive.
How Positive Affirmations Work
Positive affirmations are positive statements that can help you overcome negative thoughts and limiting beliefs.
It’s human nature to be negative, that’s just how we’re wired. We possess negativity bias, which means that we are more likely to remember situations with negative outcomes as opposed to situations with positive outcomes.
The fact that we’re more likely to think negatively is basic human survival instinct, and overcoming that may seem daunting. However, it’s not as difficult as you might think.
Because although we’re wired for negativity, our brain’s wiring is not set in stone. We can fundamentally alter the neural pathways of our brain simply by building better habits. That’s where affirmations come in.
Now, I know some of you may be a little skeptical of affirmations. You may think that they’re just “wishful thinking” that doesn’t have any real impact.
And to tell you the truth, I used to be in that same boat. However, think of affirmations this way — we all perform repetitions that improve our physical health, so why wouldn’t we do the same for our mind?
Practicing affirmations for happiness is simply a way to get reps in. Over time, these repetitions change the structure of our brain just like lifting weights changes the structure of your body.
Do Positive Affirmations Really Work?
I want to be clear — I’m not saying that positive affirmations are the secret to happiness. Occasionally, I’ll stumble across content proclaiming that affirmations as the key to unlocking your happiness and success. That’s total bullshit.
Affirmations are a tool, not the magic wand that some people claim it to be.
Because let’s face it, you can sit there and say “I am happy” all day long. But if you never address the root cause of your happiness, (your daily actions) your words won’t matter.
With that being said, research suggests that practicing affirmations for happiness does have a net positive impact on our life.
For example, one study found that spending a few minutes thinking about your best qualities before a high-pressure meeting at work calms your nerves and increases your chances of a positive outcome.
Self-affirmations have also been proven to help mitigate the effects of stress.
In one study, participants were separated into two groups and characterized as “low-stress” and “chronic-stress” subjects. During the study, the researchers found that when the chronic stress group performed a short affirmation exercise, it raised their problem solving abilities to par with the low stress group.
This is significant because one of the primary side effects of stress is a reduction in critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Putting psychological studies aside, self-affirmations are known to stimulate the areas of the brain that prompt us to make positive changes to our lifestyle, and they’ve also been successfully used to treat people with mental health problems like depression and anxiety.
So the bottom line is this — affirmations for happiness work, but don’t start practicing them with the misguided notion that it’s the cure to all of your problems.
How to Make Affirmations For Happiness a Daily Habit
Another common mistake that people make with affirmations is failing to make it a daily practice.
In order to get the most out of positive affirmations, you need to practice them daily over the long term. That’s how you achieve the compound effect and start shifting your beliefs.
I’ve talked extensively about habits on my site, so I’ll spare you the essay and give you two critical pieces of advice to make affirmations a daily habit.
- Figure out a specific time and place to practice them
- Start small
When you make specific plans about when and where to perform a specific behavior, you’re 2-3x more likely to follow through on that behavior.
Additionally, you need to start small. Start by practicing affirmations for 30 seconds per day and work your way up from there.
If you set your initial target too high, you’re going to have to rely on willpower and motivation, which are unreliable tools for long-term behavior change.
It’s far better to set a daily goal that you can actually attain. Once the behavior is solidified into your life, then you can worry about upping the ante.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the best affirmations for happiness that you can start practicing immediately.
40 Positive Affirmations For Happiness
Repeating every affirmation on this list would take way too long, so just pick a few that resonate with you and then get to work.
- I’m grateful for the blessings in my life
- I am enough
- I have everything I need to be happy right now
- I’m perfectly suited to become the best version of myself
- I choose to be happy and grateful today
- I am in control of my happiness
- Happiness flows through me constantly
- Everyday I am striving towards living a happier, more fulfilled life
- My past experiences don’t define my life
- My future is full of joyful experiences
- I am at peace with my past and only focused on creating a happier future
- There are amazing things in my life, even if they seem small and insignificant
- I will bring a positive attitude into every situation that I encounter today
- I am happy
- I am prepared to welcome positive thinking and happiness into my life
- I am both a work in progress and a masterpiece
- I have the power to take control of my life and create my own happiness
- I create the life I desire through positive thinking
- I am willing to be happy now even if I’m not where I want to be yet
- I accept that happiness and positivity are in my true nature
- It’s not selfish to prioritize my own happiness first
- Other people’s opinions do not have an impact on my happiness
- The only person I want to be better than is the person I was yesterday
- Every day I am getting happier and happier
- Today I will make a conscious effort to be happy and positive
- I abandon the habits that are making me unhappy
- I choose to adopt a glass half-full mindset
- I give myself permission to be happy and joyful
- I see a positive in every negative situation
- I am attracting happiness in every way
- I deserve all of the good things in my life
- I accept the fact that there are events outside of my control, but I also accept that I can choose how I respond to these events
- I consciously choose to live a happy life
- I choose to focus on the good and accept the bad for what it is
Confucius once said, “The man who says he can, and the man who says he can’t are both usually correct.”
When it comes to happiness, there’s not a magic pill that will tip the scales in your favor. You attain happiness and fulfillment through the compound effect of a collection of good daily habits. Affirmations are simply one of those habits that tip the scales in your favor.
Becoming happier requires you to take action, and taking action becomes far easier with the proper mindset.
If you’re willing to stick it out over the long-term, these affirmations for happiness will sharpen your mindset and help you overcome your bias towards negativity.