We often neglect what we have – it’s in human nature to take things for granted.
That’s why cultivating an attitude of gratitude can change your life for the better on so many levels. Using gratitude affirmations is one of the simplest and yet most effective ways to do that.
This practice can boost your self-esteem and change your perspective so that you develop a more positive perception of life. It can help you overcome adversities and feel happier and more fulfilled.
When Should I Use Gratitude Affirmations?
There are so many ways you could benefit from this simple self-help tool. Here are a few instances when using affirmations to boost your sense of gratitude is particularly effective:
- When you feel not good enough
- When you face failure
- During tough times
- When you feel unfulfilled and dissatisfied with life
- When you are in a bad mood
You could repeat affirmations in the morning, upon starting your day, to fill yourself with positive energy and a feeling of gratitude.
Or you could do that at night before you fall asleep to say ‘thank you’ for this day and all the good things you have in life.
If you doubt that affirmations work, check a few studies that demonstrate their effectiveness.
In essence, this practice teaches you to focus on the bright side of life and show appreciation for the things you would normally take for granted.
33 Powerful Gratitude Affirmations
- My life is a precious gift
- I’m thankful for my good health
- I’m grateful for my safe and warm home
- I’m grateful for the food on my table
- I’m grateful for my ability to work and the job I have
- I love and appreciate the people who surround me
- I’m grateful for the love I receive from my dear ones
- My family is the most precious gift that I have
- I appreciate my friends and their roles in my life
- I’m thankful for all the blessings life has given me
- I see and appreciate the beauty of life
- I’m blessed to have the resilience to overcome adversities
- I’m grateful for the lessons adversity/failure is teaching me
- I’m grateful for my mistakes as they give me the opportunity to learn
- I’m grateful for my past experiences – both good and bad ones – as they have made me into the person I am today
- I see the good in people, and I feel grateful for all the kindness that exists in the world
- This day is a gift, and I appreciate it
- I’m grateful for the possibility to follow my dreams
- I’m blessed to have the possibility to do the things I love
- I’m thankful for the possibility to learn and evolve as a person
- I’m open to the opportunities life is offering me
- I appreciate the small things that give me joy
- I appreciate the moments of happiness I had today
- Gratitude is filling my heart when I think about all the beautiful things and people I have in my life
- I’m thankful for my talents, creative abilities, and good qualities
- I’m grateful for this sunny/rainy/windy/etc. day
- I see and appreciate the beauty of nature
- I appreciate this season of the year
- I feel grateful for all the good things that exist in the world
- I’m blessed to have the possibility to express my creative side
- I’m blessed to have the ability to love
- I’m grateful for the positive emotions I felt today
- I’m grateful for the lessons other people are teaching me
The Power of Morning Gratitude Affirmations
There is a reason why affirmations can be particularly powerful in the morning. It happens because you fill yourself with positivity and appreciation for the day ahead. With this attitude, you will feel more content and productive.
This, in turn, could lead you to better results at work, more friendly behavior toward other people, and greater life satisfaction. Therefore, this simple morning habit could eventually change your life for the better!
Some examples of morning affirmations include:
- I’m ready for this new day and the opportunities it brings
- I’m ready to enjoy the moments of happiness this day is giving me
- I’m filled with gratitude and positive energy
- I’m open to the opportunities this day is offering me
- I’m ready to see the light and beauty in every person I meet
However, practicing affirmations upon going to bed is a great idea too. It helps you sum up the results of the day and focus on the good things that happened to you.
How to Use Affirmations to Boost a Sense of Gratitude
As always, the best idea is to come up with your own gratitude affirmations. We all have different things to be thankful for, don’t we? So why not focus on the aspects of your life that make you happy and blessed!
You may have beautiful children that give your life meaning or lovely pets that make you happy. You might be particularly grateful for your parents’ role in your life or the hobby that allows you to express your creative energy.
There are so many different sources of gratitude! The point is to make yourself aware of them.
Typically, we tend to focus on the negative experiences and aspects of our lives because they cause a greater emotional response in us. And this is where we get it wrong – we dwell on our problems and forget about our blessings.
So think about the things and people that make you feel happy, loved, and important. And come up with your own list of gratitude affirmations.
Then repeat them every day in the morning and upon going to bed as well as in the moments of despair.
Make sure to use the present tense since words such as “could, might, will” make the affirmations sound less assertive.
You will soon notice that your perspective on life is starting to change. You will learn to see the light during the darkest moments and find the good in everything.
This ability will ultimately make you into a wiser, more balanced, and resilient person.