Affirmations are a little wonder tool. Did you know that you can use affirmations to change the way you feel for just about anything. There have been medical studies that have shown that affirmations can actually help in changing someone’s health. You can affirm your way to health with the right tools.
Brian Kranz gives you all the medical data
When Al Franken was on Saturday Night Live, one of his trademark skits was “Daily Affirmation with Stuart Smalley.”
“I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me,” he often repeated to himself in the mirror.
Those years of self-affirmation may have helped, because now Franken is a U.S. senator in Minnesota.
New research from Carnegie Mellon University published in the journal PLOS One says using self-affirmation can boost your problem-solving skills under pressure.
“A brief self-affirmation activity is sufficient to buffer the negative effects of chronic stress on task performance and can improve the ability to solve problems in a flexible manner during high stress periods,” researchers said in a press release. “Our study suggests that self-affirmation may increase creativity and insight in stressed individuals.”
Self-affirmation is reiterating valued sources of self-worth when one’s self-image is threatened. Basically, it’s telling yourself your good points when you’re under the gun, and the Carnegie researchers say it can help ward off stress.
Testing the Effects of Self-affirmation
To test the effectiveness of self-affirmation under stress, Carnegie researchers recruited 73 college students with an average age of 21 from two urban universities in Pittsburgh.
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