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My mother-in-law is con­vinced that af­fir­ma­tions have changed her life. An af­fir­ma­tion is a short, pow­er­ful and pos­i­tive state­ment of in­tent which you re­peat reg­u­larly. “It has to be suc­cinct,” she says, “be­cause you have to re­peat it as often as you can. It has to be pos­i­tive. It also has to be in the right tense: it is ‘I am’ in­stead of ‘I’m go­ing to’.”

In an af­fir­ma­tion, you’re talk­ing to your sub­con­scious mind, pro­gram­ming in what you want out of your life. Reg­u­lar prac­tice will set you up for a calm, stress-free day and start chang­ing how you see your­self and the world. If you don’t be­lieve my mother-in-law, con­sider this: US sol­diers who saw ben­e­fits in their de­ploy­ment and agreed with state­ments such as ‘This de­ploy­ment has made me more con­fi­dent in my abil­ity’ or ‘This job al­lowed me to demon­strate my courage’ were found to be less likely to suf­fer PTSD and de­pres­sion. Af­fir­ma­tions have even been shown to im­prove prob­lem-solv­ing per­for­mance by un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents.

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