One Simple Trick for a Happier Day

by Stacy Lafley

October 16, 2016

Every day, whether you notice it or not, you are having a conversation with yourself. We go though life talking to ourselves constantly. Eventually, patterns develop. Certain types of self-talk become habitual, and even subconscious. If you are stuck in a negative self-talk pattern, you may not even realize it! The good news is, you can access this self-talk and make it both positive and conscious. 

This is powerful way to enact change in your life, whether you are looking for more happiness, more confidence, or more peace. Affirmations give you concrete, positive self-talk habits. They are statements that, when repeated, can affect the conscious and subconscious mind. You can speak to yourself in a way that lifts you up or cuts you down, and you have the power to choose. 

So where to start? At the very beginning, in your first waking moments. Do you have a tough time getting out of bed in the morning, accepting that it’s time to wake up and embrace a new day? If so, you are not alone!So, alarm goes off, and you wake up. What are your first thoughts, typically?I used to have a good bit of resistance to mornings. Sound familiar?Do your morning thoughts follow a pattern? Something like, “Ugh, I don't want to get up….NOOOO…OMG, I have so much to do today. It’s going to be a hard day…I didn’t get enough sleep…etc ” Even though this morning moment may seem insignificant in the grand scheme of things, it can set the tone for the day. It will pave the way for more resistance, and more negative self-talk. 

Starting your day with thoughts and worries like these may seem out of your control. After all, you are barely awake. BUT, there is something you can (and should) do. It’s OK if you still think these thoughts in the morning, but if you can consciously ADD IN some affirmations , eventually these positive morning thoughts will become a habit, and it will change your life. In fact, the first “ugh no” thought you have will eventually TRIGGER the positive affirmations. 

This works, and it makes a difference. Here are some examples of affirmations to tack on to your waking thoughts:

  • It is a gift to be alive today.
  • Today will be a beautiful day.
  • I am needed in the world today.
  • Today I will serve my purpose.
  • It is a blessing to have this day.
  • I am awake, alive, and awesome.
  • I can do this.
  • Someone needs me today.
  • Today I will honor the world with my presence.
  • I am grateful for a brilliant new day.

This is just a start. You may find something here that resonates with you, or you may come up with your own more personal affirmations. Becoming aware and taking control of what your brain is saying to you first thing in the morning can slowly buy surely give you this power for the rest of your day, and the rest of your life.  

Affirmations can make you feel more happy, calm, and confident. Give it a try this week. Maybe write a few down before you go to bed to help you remember them in the morning. What do you have to lose? I’d love to hear about your personal experiences with morning affirmations. What works well for you? What doesn’t? What has an awareness of your morning self-talk brought to your life? Please post a comment and share your thoughts!