Affirmations can be a great way to help yourself in the
midst of a crisis or they can help you
maintain                                          good mental health.     

There really is an "art" to living a happy and healthy
life.  We hope this page dedicated to affirmations
will enhance the quality of your life!

What exactly is an affirmation?

An affirmation is a positive sentence that conveys a goal as if it has
already been accomplished.   An example would be, "I am a calm

Why are affirmations important?

Affirmations are important because they help to establish a new way
of thinking. It's the audible repetition that encourages a new way of
thinking for ourselves.

How do you construct an affirmation?

Think of something you wish was different for yourself.  Are you                     
anxious have low self esteem, or feel under-confident.  Would you like            
to quit smoking?  These are examples of things that some people                   
would like to remedy.  Once you identify something that you would like            
to correct, think of how it would sound in a sentence that conveyed
that it already was corrected.  Here are some samples:  "I am smoke
free", "I love myself", "I am a confident person".

As you can see these new sentences read as if your goal has already
been accomplished.  They are written in the present tense.

Why would anyone want to write a sentence that
seems untrue for them

Anything we have seen or heard is stored in our subconscious mind.
The subconscious mind is like a tape recorder with only two buttons;
record and play.  Unfortunately, it does not have an erase button.
We all have "tapes" that are very negative in nature.  Perhaps we
heard some of them from our own families or friends.  It's all stored
in the subconscious part of the brain and can't be erased.

Our goal with affirmations is to make new "tapes" for the mind that
are totally positive in order to "reprogram" if you will, ourselves into
this new way of thinking.

How do affirmations work?

Like any other exercise they won't work if we don't work at them.
Once your sentence is written to address your particular circumstance
it is recommended that you repeat this sentence out loud at least
ten times a day.  You may repeat it more than ten times a day but
it is recommended that you repeat your sentence at least ten times
each day to be able to benefit from the new information.

Reading the sentence is good also but not as powerful as hearing
the sentence.  Some people read their sentence onto a tape recorder
and then listen to the tape in the car while driving.  Remember, as
long as your ears hear the sentence you are making a recording
for your subconscious mind.  

Can people work on more than one sentence?

Sure.  It would probably be best to stick to two or three initially
It may be more difficult to take on too many at once as you
will be repeating each sentence at least ten times a day.

How long does it take for all this to work?

It will take at least several weeks, even longer, to hopefully notice
some results.  Remember we are adding "new material" to our
subconscious mind and this takes time in order to become part
of our thinking and feeling process.


Be careful to avoid sentences that are not totally positive.  "I hope
some day to be smoke free" would be an example of an improperly
constructed affirmation.  It conveys doubt as to whether or not you
will succeed in giving up smoking.  "I am smoke free" would be the
proper way to construct your affirmation.  This sounds as if it has
already been accomplished.  That is correct for an affirmation.


You are more likely to do something that is fun.  Practice
affirmations with a partner.  Dance to your affirmations.  Draw
as you recite them; whatever works for you so that you will
recite each one at least ten times a day.

Congratulations.  You have just learned something
new.            Keep up the good work!

Blessings, Diana Ray