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Affirmations

We all know something about the power of positive thinking. It makes intuitive sense that when you believe something is possible, you're more likely to make it happen. In fact, if it weren't for positive thinking, Roger Bannister never would have broken the 4-minute mile in 1954.

An affirmation is a kind of structured positive thinking. It is a word or expression you tell yourself regularly – every morning when you wake up, before each meal, before bed, etc. – that affirms a belief. I was skeptical of affirmations, myself, until I was introduced to a Louise Hay book about connections between physical ailments and emotional issues. I wrote down the ones that matched my physical issues – and, let's be serious, at 47 I'm getting some ‘issues' – and then created a brief affirmation of my own that pulled together pieces of what I got from the book. I wrote down my personal affirmation, and tried to read it each morning when I put on my jewelry. After a few days, I noticed that I started reading it out loud. At first, I felt a bit ridiculous, and spoke quietly to myself. But after a few days I got bolder, and spoke aloud my affirmative beliefs.

Now, I can't say all my ailments are gone, or that anything miraculous changed when I started the practice. But I can say that I felt better when I was doing the affirmations. It definitely worked for me to start the morning with something positive, affirming – and aloud. So, why not give it a try? Positive, structured self-talk can't hurt!

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