Research shows there’s a strong link between positive thinking and improved health.
In fact, it has been discovered that positive people are 13% less likely to have a heart attack or other coronary event, compared to their pessimistic counterparts.
Below we’ve compiled a list of 60 of the best positive daily affirmations to inspire your thinking:
Daily Positive Affirmations
Find the perfect daily affirmation and you can boost your mood from morning until night.
1. I choose to be happy
A study by the University of Kansas found that smiling can reduce your heart rate and blood pressure during stressful situations.
Amazingly, even fake smiling has the same effect!
2. My thoughts become my reality
3. I will not give up on my hopes and dreams
4. I am strong and fearless
5. I am doing my best
6. Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful
Surrounding yourself with positive people is another way to help improve your own optimism.
Researchers were able to show that certain health behaviors and attitudes are contagious.
Keen to establish a fitness routine? The study showed that you’re more likely to be motivated to work out if you have friends that exercise regularly.
There are also a number of fitness affirmations that you can recite to inspire you further!
7. My dreams are coming true
8. Every day brings new opportunities
9. I can get through anything
10. I am grateful for all that I have
Motivational Positive Affirmations
Looking for motivation? Start practicing the below positive affirmations and you’ll soon get in the right mindset:
1. I will make a difference
2. Setbacks are opportunities to learn and grow
3. I am capable of far more than I realise
4. I have the power to accomplish everything I want to do
5. I will rise to the challenge
Professors at Stanford found that regular mindfulness meditation training led to an improved self-view, particularly for those with social anxiety disorder.
6. I always push myself harder
7. I complete every task I start
8. I am confident about the future
9. I make the right choices
10. It’s ok to make mistakes
Making mistakes can actually make you a more effective learner.
“Our research found evidence that mistakes that are a ‘near miss’ can help a person learn the information better than if no errors were made at all” reported Dr. Nicole Anderson, scientist at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute.
Short Positive Affirmations
Positive quotes don’t need to be long and wordy, sometimes short positive affirmations are enough to change the way you think.
1. I am successful
2. I can do this
3. I am creative
Yoga is one way to inspire your creativity.
It might seem like an unusual benefit, however the thoughtful words and sentiments behind yoga make it a creative practice.
A paper published in 2013 found that just 12 weeks of yoga and meditation allowed entrepreneurs to generate a greater number of new ideas and concepts.
Interested in getting started? We’ve compiled a shortlist of the best asanas for beginners.
4. I am confident
5. I am unstoppable
6. I am capable
7. I am powerful
8. I am resilient
9. I am beautiful
10. I am worthy of love
Positive Morning Affirmations
What better way to start the day than with a powerful morning affirmation!
1. Today will be a good day
2. Great things will happen today
3. I feel healthy and strong
4. I wake up each morning feeling confident and empowered
5. I will spread kindness today
6. I am grateful for what I have today
Expressing gratitude daily has wonderful advantages for your mental health and overall wellness.
However a study has also shown that it increases the likelihood of physical exercise!
Respondents who kept a weekly gratitude journal exercised for 40 minutes more than participants who didn’t keep a journal.
7. I will love myself and others
8. I am getting strong every day
9. I radiate positivity
10. My strength is greater than my struggles
Positive Affirmations for Work
Though findings around the topic are limited, there is some research to suggest that a positive attitude enhances work performance.
Here are 10 examples of positive affirmations to inspire and motivate you at work:
1. My success is inevitable
2. I come to work with the best intentions
3. I am open and ready to learn
4. This job is a stepping stone to a better opportunity
5. I receive criticism with a good attitude
6. I am smart and successful
7. My wellbeing is my number one priority
Making time for self-care isn’t easy, but it’s so important.
Think each day of a small way you can take care of your physical and mental health.
We’ve compiled a list of self-care gifts to encourage someone special to kick back, or simply to treat yourself.
8. I have options
9. It’s ok to take a break
10. My job is not my identity
Daily Positive Affirmations for Anxiety
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the US, with over 40 million adults living with the condition.
Thinking positively can help, as it has been proven to help reduce pathological worry.
1. I will not worry about things I cannot control
2. I’m doing the best I can and that’s enough
3. I am safe
4. Though these times are difficult, they are only a short phase of life
5. I am making sleep a priority
People with anxiety are five times more likely to struggle with a sleep disorder or to get the right amount of sleep.
There are a few different things you can try to improve your sleep, including certain foods you should (and shouldn’t!) put on your plate and repeating a bedtime mantra or anxiety-reducing affirmation.
6. Everything is temporary
7. I am living in the moment
Living a mindful life has benefits for those living with anxiety.
Focusing on the here and now is shown to help lesson the symptoms of the condition and improve emotional regulation.
8. Tomorrow is a new day
9. Anxiety does not define me
With a higher percentage of women struggling with anxiety in the US (23% of the female population vs 14% of the male population), practicing affirmations can be positive for women.
However there are still many ways men can benefit from repeating a daily mantra, too!
10. I trust myself
Positive language is a key component of yoga teaching.
Continue your search for inspiring words by reading our list of 45 of the best yoga quotes to motivate and uplift you.