Positive affirmations are more than just a mantra; they’re an important part of your family’s daily routine. The more natural, the better.
In today’s wellness-centered culture, people throw around the words positive affirmations all the time. But what exactly are they, and why should your family do them?
In the extreme, affirmations are mantras or wishes (e.g., we can do hard things.) But in the day to day, affirmations are positive words meant to encourage positive, happy feelings, thoughts, and attitudes (e.g., my family loves me). In either case, the purpose is to maintain our sense of self-integrity and train our minds to seek the outcomes we want. Essentially, mind over matter.
And the craziest part is that science has proven that positive affirmations have an impact on our minds and overall well-being. So why wouldn’t your family do them?
Here’s everything you need to know to start your family’s positive affirmation routine.
The Benefits of Positive Affirmations
The science behind positive affirmations is simple: repeated positive thinking can change the way our brains respond to threatening stimuli. When families practice saying positive affirmations, this fundamental change leads to a plethora of proven benefits:
Promotes Positive Thinking
Affirmations encourage family members to focus on positive aspects of themselves and each other. This shift in mindset can lead to a more optimistic and uplifting atmosphere within the family.
Positive affirmations foster positive communication. When family members express affirming words, it can improve how they communicate with each other, leading to better understanding and reduced conflicts.
Regular use of affirmations helps boost individual self-esteem and confidence within family members. This can be particularly beneficial for children and teenagers as they navigate the challenges of growing up.
Affirmations express appreciation, love, and support, reinforcing the bonds between family members. This positive reinforcement can create a strong foundation for healthy relationships within the family.
Parents using affirmations with their children can create a nurturing and supportive environment. Affirmations offer a way for parents to express their love, encouragement, and belief in their children’s abilities.
Affirmations can help family members develop a resilient mindset. When faced with challenges, the positive self-talk encouraged by affirmations can provide a buffer against stress and adversity.
Fosters a Culture of Encouragement
Positive affirmations create a culture where family members encourage and uplift each other. This can contribute to a supportive environment where everyone feels valued and appreciated.
Improves Mental Health
Regularly practicing positive affirmations can have a positive impact on mental health. It can help reduce stress, anxiety, and contribute to an overall sense of well-being for each family member.
Affirmations instill a sense of optimism and hope within the family. This mindset can influence how family members approach challenges, encouraging a proactive and solution-oriented approach.
Incorporating affirmations into daily routines encourages mindfulness. It prompts family members to be present, appreciate the positive aspects of life, and focus on the moment.
Creates a Positive Family Identity
Affirmations can contribute to the development of a positive family identity. Shared affirmations and values create a sense of unity and belonging among family members.
When to Use Positive Affirmations
Do I have to say affirmations every day for them to work? Are they best said in the morning?
You’ve probably heard a lot of suggestions about when you should use positive affirmations, but the answer is even more simple than that. There are no strict rules when it comes to saying affirmations—just say them whenever you need them. Once a week, once a day, or five times a day, they are a tool meant to be used when your family needs them. However, I will say this. The more you work them into your family routine, the more natural it will feel to say them.
Start of the Day
Begin the day on a positive note by incorporating affirmations into your morning routine. This can set a positive tone for the entire day and encourage family members to approach their daily activities with optimism.
During Family Meetings
Use positive affirmations during family meetings or discussions to reinforce a sense of unity, cooperation, and understanding. Affirmations can help address challenges in a constructive and solution-oriented manner.
When a family member accomplishes something noteworthy, celebrate it with positive affirmations. Acknowledge their efforts, express pride, and highlight their strengths. This can boost self-esteem and motivation.
Incorporate affirmations into your bedtime routine. This can help family members reflect on positive aspects of their day and promote a sense of gratitude and peace before going to sleep.
During Challenging Times
When the family is facing difficulties or challenges, use affirmations to encourage resilience and a positive mindset. Affirmations can serve as a source of support and motivation during tough times.
Use affirmations during transitional periods, such as starting a new school year, moving to a new place, or experiencing other significant life changes. Positive words can provide comfort and reassurance during times of uncertainty.
Family Gatherings or Celebrations
Incorporate affirmations into family gatherings or celebrations. Express love, appreciation, and positive expectations for the future. This can contribute to a joyful and harmonious atmosphere.
Encouraging Personal Growth
Use affirmations to encourage personal growth and development within the family. Celebrate each family member’s unique qualities and encourage them to pursue their goals and aspirations.
Random Acts of Positivity
Integrate positive affirmations into your everyday interactions. Randomly express love, appreciation, and encouragement to family members. Small, unexpected affirmations can have a big impact.
Building Family Traditions
If you really want to dig into the positive affirmations, establish traditions that involve positive affirmations, such as a weekly affirmation circle where each family member shares something positive about themselves or others.
20 Positive Affirmations for Families
When you start creating your own affirmations, you’ll find that the options are endless. But the most important thing to remember is that your affirmations should reflect your core personal values. The point is to reinforce your sense of identity, what you judge to be good, moral, and worthwhile.
Here are some positive affirmations to get your family started:
- I choose to be happy.
- I’m gifted with and surrounded by amazing friends and family
- My family makes me happy.
- My family deserves to be happy.
- Whenever I fall down, I get back up again.
- We depend on each other in tough times.
- We share with each other.
- I love each person in my family.
- Sometimes we disagree, but we will work things out.
- Our home is peaceful and safe.
- I am thankful for the love of my family.
- I work hard to build loving relationships with everyone in my family.
- Sometimes we stress each other, but those times pass; we love each other through it.
- I keep my promises to my family.
- I appreciate my family, and I let them know that I do.
- We talk over our concerns as a family.
- I am not perfect, and my family knows it; I strive to be better, and they support my sincere efforts.
- Each person in our family has a right to be themselves.
- I accept and love myself, thoroughly and completely.
- By being myself, I bring happiness to other people
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Shaelyn Topolovec earned a BA in editing and publishing from BYU, worked on several online publications, and joined the Familius family. Shae is currently an editor and copywriter who lives in California’s Central Valley.