Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Self-Affirm And Say I am Healthy, I am Strong And So Shall You Be


I am creative! I am beautiful! I am one of a kind! I am successful! Do you say these positive affirmations? Ha, she comes back with some weird advice, you might wonder. But take heed! This post could be life changing!

Self-affirmations
It is recognizing your value and saying the statement confidently and forcefully. If you value creativity then saying, I am creative is a self-affirmation.

Scientists say that self-affirmation can open our brains to accept advice that is hard to hear. Let us say for example if the doctor advises you to get more of exercise.

You should reflect on the value that brings meaning to it. Think along these lines, if I exercise I will have a slim and fit body, my performance will increase, and I can be more active and keep diseases at bay.  If you attach value to it, then affirm it.  You can surely achieve your goal.

Researchers say that when people are affirmed, that is you attach a value to it, and say it forcefully then the brain processes the message differently.

In a study participants were given self-affirmation exercises before getting health advice. The advice was that, people who sit less are at a lower risk of certain diseases.  The scientists used magnetic resonance imaging to see what happens inside the brain.

To their amazement they found that people who were given self-affirmation exercise before health advice, showed higher levels of activity in the key brain region during the health advice. The participants showed a steep decline in couch potato type sedentary behavior in the month following the intervention.

On the other hand, their counterparts who did not receive the self-affirmation exercise, before the health advice, showed lower levels of activity in the brain region. They continued with their sedentary behavior in the months that followed.

Take away

Attaching a value to a positive happening and declaring or affirming it can open special pathways in the brain and help you to achieve your goals. It is far better to say things like, I am talented, I am healthy, I am smart, I am the child of the most high God, and the creator of the universe loves me, than to say something stupid and negative.

Here is Pastor Joel Osteen’s The Power of  I am sermon, just amazing! And the best part is Oprah likes it. So have a look.

Take care,
Swarnam