Our final back-to-school activity is one that you and your family can practice every day. Positive affirmations.

Positive affirmations are short, declarative sentences with a decidedly optimistic tone. Affirmations are stated in the present tense. That’s the case even if you don’t believe what you are saying or if you think it sounds silly. Studies have found that regularly using positive affirmations rewires the brain to fundamentally change the structure of the pathways in your mind, and change the way you think for the better. And it all happens within a matter of weeks.

Imagine what you could do with a positive mindset and outlook. Challenges would be so much easier to overcome, stress wouldn’t be so overwhelming, and your disposition would be more peaceful and happier. A positive mindset is key to helping you reach your goals. Whenever doubt sneaks up on you, review your positive affirmations. In fact, review them every single day! They keep you motivated and on track. 

Some examples of positive affirmations are:

  • I am enough
  • I have people who love and respect me
  • I am open and ready to learn
  • I am proud of myself
  • All of my problems have solutions
  • I can do better next time
  • I believe in myself
  • I only compare myself to myself
  • Today is going to be a great day
  • I can make a difference

You make this list once, and can put it in a journal, on your computer, or in the template we provided HERE. You can continue to add to it, of course. Once you begin habitually practicing positive affirmations, you can do them anywhere and everywhere. Sitting in after-school traffic, in the line at the grocery store, while making your bed – there’s no WRONG place to practice.

Remember: you CAN make today great.


Blog written and researched by Communications Associate, Lauren Maley