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Positive Affirmations: Self Talk Through Life's Ups and Downs

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The power of positive affirmation is so simple that one might be forgiven for trying to make it more complicated than it actually is. A positive affirmation is exactly as it sounds: short motivational phrases or statements that, when reinforced daily, become a self fulfilling prophecy.

While there is no "magic" behind the the effectiveness of using positive self-talk, there is science that supports the principle that "self-affirmation activates brain systems associated with self-related processing and reward and is reinforced by future orientation." 1

The educators at Doylestown Health have created an instructive video that can help anyone harness the power of positive self talk. This video includes:

  • What positive affirmations are (and are not)
  • How positive affirmations work
  • The benefits of using positive affirmations
  • Steps to create your own personal positive affirmation
  • Tips and resources to help maintain your daily affirmation practice



  1. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. 2016 Apr; 11(4): 621–629.

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