The power of positive affirmations isn’t anything new—ancient Sanskrit Mantras have been used by yogis for centuries to meditate and achieve transcendence—even modern medicine agrees. Studies show that self-affirmation activates neural reward pathways in the brain (which makes us feel good). Therapists, life coaches, and even business executives turn to this practice with extraordinary results.
“Positive affirmations are very powerful because they allow you to take back your personal power,” says Katie Ziskind, a licensed marriage and family therapist based in Niantic, Connecticut. “Instead of getting bogged down by stress and what you can’t change, focus on the positive with the reassuring compliment for yourself.”
What makes mantras great is that there are endless possibilities. There’s one for every situation, the season of life, and personality type.
Here, 13 experts offer the positive affirmations they turn to in their daily lives. Repeat them out loud, in your head, write them down in a journal, or frame them in your office. You can also take these quotes as inspiration to create your own positive affirmation.
1“Today I give myself permission to choose me.”
Sometimes it feels like life is so busy that we can’t stop to take a moment for ourselves. This mantra is a reminder to do that. “Giving ourselves permission to choose ourselves is key to acknowledging that we matter. It gives us permission to return to our own agency by showing us that our well-being is in our hands and that it’s ok to engage in healthy self-love,” explains Clara Rey, healing coach for people living with chronic pain.
“I have used this through my experience with chronic pain and healing, in which I often felt like I had lost agency to medical treatments, family, friends, etc….You can’t give on an empty cup.”