Affirmations are short powerful statements created with the intention of helping you to have a more positive empowered mindset.
Affirmations have been shown to benefit us by reducing harmful stress, improving our behaviour, heath, relationships, problem-solving abilities and even academic achievement.
Studies have shown that the regular practice of positive affirmations works! Through the use of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), researchers revealed that self-affirmation activates two reward centres in the brain when affirmations are practised regularly – the ventral striatum (VS) and ventromedial prefrontal cortex (VMPFC).
Three (3) essential keys for effective affirmations
Researchers found the effectiveness of the affirmation correlated with levels of brain activity when participants were thinking in a future context about something they highly valued. This tells us that affirmations are most effective when they have:
- Direct relevance to your core values, and
- A focus on the future.
Our core values are the things in life that are most important to us. The eight core values used in this particular research study were: creativity, relationships with family and friends, sense of humour, independence, business or earning money, politics, religious values and spontaneity or living life in the moment. There are other good core values to have, but this list of eight core values is a great place to start.
The third key element (my personal addition, also validated by research) is thymus tapping. Thymus tapping serves to “anchor in” the truth of the affirmation, creating alignment throughout your body.
Here’s how it works – My example affirmation
Using one of my core values from the list (creativity), I can craft my own affirmation with a focus on the future. This is the affirmation I choose:
As I step into my future, I express my creativity
in a way that enhances my life and the lives of the people I love
Now create your own effective affirmations!
Now it is time to create your own personalised affirmations – that are value-based and future-focused with tapping!
* Reference: Article: Self-affirmation activates brain systems associated with self-related processing and reward and is reinforced by future orientation https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4814782/.