Daily self-affirmations have totally become a thing.
My Pinterest and Instagram accounts are blowing up with these positive messages.
I like to think that they work but I can’t really be sure.
A new Carnegie Mellon study seems to say they do (with a small caveat).
“There is evidence that self-affirmation can protect against the damaging effects of stress on problem-solving performance.” – Psychology Today
The caveat is that persons with low self esteem can actually feel worse when they repeat self-affirmations.
They don’t believe that the statement is true and by saying it out loud, they actually strengthen their own negative image of themselves.
For the majority of us though, these positive statements can help us achieve great things.
I mean, repeating “Girl Power” nonstop during my childhood had to have some sort of positive-effect on me, right?
Daily Affirmations in Music
20 years after the Spice Girls, we still have plenty of self-affirming musical inspiration.
Think about these popular song lyrics.
- “I am the champion and you’re going to hear me roar” – Katie Perry
- “I’m worth it” – Fifth Harmony
- “I’m sexy and I know it ” – LMFAO
From rap to hip-hop to pop, we have self-affirmations popping up all over music.
Some have started to call it the “music for the selfie generation.”
Unfortunately, some guy wrote an article about how this style of “selfie pop” music is self-absorbed and particularly a theme among female artists.
I can think of plenty of examples of male-artist braggadocio.
- “I believe I can fly” – R. Kelly
- “I got moves like Jagger” – Maroon 5
- Anything Kanye West said ever
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Daily Money Affirmations
As a female entrepreneur, I’ve noticed that money affirmations have become a thing too.
I follow a few #bossbabes on Instagram and thus, I am treated to some daily money self-love.
At first I felt a little strange repeating phrases such as, “I am a money magnet” or “I am open and receptive to all the wealth that is in the universe” (LOL) but I’ve since gotten use to it.
I kind of like the idea of money affirmations now.
Sometimes the fun things in life are a little wacky.
I did pay off $89,000 of debt recently. Maybe they’re working? 😉
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I’m going to start providing daily affirmations for my Instagram followers.
If you want to give daily affirmations a try, follow me on Instagram, @Millennialboss.
What do you think? Do daily affirmations get you pumped up? Or do you think they’re crazy?
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