Greet this day with a purposeful attitude. Setting a positive intention with morning affirmations is a habit worth practicing, for it has a powerful influence on your mood, choices, and experiences for the rest of the day.
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” – Marcus Aurelius
How to Practice Affirmations
Here are a few tips for practicing these morning affirmations successfully:
- Choose appropriate statements. Pick affirmations that resonate with your truth. If the affirmations feel out of reach or untrue, make some adjustments. Incorporate the word “willing” into the statement to make it more fitting for the moment. The affirmation must be believable at your core in order to spark positive change.
- Affirm in the first-person, present tense. “I will” speaks of the future, which is always just out of reach. Speak of the present moment by beginning your affirming statements with such phrases as:
- “I am…”
- “I am willing…”
- “I attract…”
- “I am learning…”
- “I can…”
- “I appreciate…”
- “I accept…”
- “I am forgiving…”
- “I am in the process of…”
- Adapt. Design your morning affirmations around your day. What qualities do you want to cultivate today? Each day is a new beginning that brings new challenges, opportunities, and experiences. Repeat affirmations that are true in real time.
- Give it your heartfelt sincerity. In other words, mean what you say. Really feel the meaning of the words as you think them, write them, speak them, and visualize them coming to fruition. Then fuel the words with your energy and will.
- Repeat often. Affirmations impact your reality with repetition. I repeat each affirmation three times in the morning, whispering them to myself (and the universe) before my feet hit the floor. Remember and repeat each statement during the day as needed. Set an alarm on your phone as a reminder. The more often you use affirmations, the more your brain will seek information and opportunities to support what you are affirming.
- Don’t give up. Practice and patience are required for any new habit to stick. Practice your affirmations of choice every single day for an entire week to start, and see what happens. The way you experience your experiences is what we’re looking to impact.
Repeating affirmations is an everyday choice that we make and express through the power of thought, feeling, speech, and action. Affirmations can work miracles.
Carve a positive path and direct your day with whichever morning affirmations call to you.
5 Happy Morning Affirmations
1. I am grateful.
Here are a few variations of this affirmation which you may find more fitting:
- I appreciate those I love and who love me.
- I appreciate everyone who has entered my life and shaped my present.
- I appreciate everything, good and bad, for it made me who I am today.
- I am grateful to be alive, breathing, and loving.
- I am thankful for this life, this new day, this new beginning.
- I focus on my blessings more than my problems.
- Thank you.
2. I choose love.
Feel free to personalize this affirmation like so:
- Today, I choose compassion over bitterness.
- Today, I choose forgiveness over resentment.
- Today, I choose to replace negative thoughts with loving thoughts.
- Today, I seek only the good.
- Today, I practice patience and understanding first.
- Today, I open my heart to receive love.
- I am defenseless, for love needs no defense.
- I am being a more loving person.
- I am love.
3. I love and accept myself.
This one can be difficult for many of us. Be gentle. If this statement does not ring true for you at this point in your life, try any of the following:
- I am willing to love and accept myself.
- I am willing to love my body.
- I am learning to love myself.
- Piece by piece, I accept myself as whole.
- I am enough.
- I am worthy of love.
- I am worthy of happiness.
- I am loved.
- I am more than my thoughts, pain, and past.
- All that I need (for a peaceful/happy/meaningful life) is inside me.
4. I am willing to forgive.
Forgiveness cracks open our protective shells. The beauty of forgiveness is that it benefits both the giver and receiver. It is a soothing balm for the past which allows you to live more fully in the present.
Try any of these:
- I am willing to forgive others.
- I am learning to forgive myself.
- I am willing to let go of past hurts.
- I am willing to see things differently.
- I can always change my mind.
- I am looking for the good in everyone.
- I am creating a future that is unlike the past, and more like the present.
5. I trust life.
Holding the belief that our life does not suck–but that it’s here for us–is life-changing.
Practice this affirmation (or any in the following list) in combination with the first affirmation for gratitude (“I am grateful”) and your whole perspective on life may experience a dramatic shift.
- The universe has my back.
- The universe is conspiring on my behalf.
- Life is not against me; life is for me.
- I don’t know the whole story, and that’s okay.
- I am willing to shift my perspective.
- Something good is in the works.
- I attract what I need for my growth and happiness.
- I live in the present moment, where all possibility lives.
Outer experiences we cannot always control, but repeating affirmations is one way we can direct and redirect our inner experiences.
Do you practice affirmations? Which morning affirmations are you going to try? Share your thoughts, your own positive affirmations, and any experiences with me in the comments. I’d love to hear what’s working for you!
Share these morning affirmations with someone who may truly appreciate them.
Begin each day with a grateful heart, and may you know happiness.