If there is something the world needs more of, it is words of affirmation and acts of kindness. One person has the ability to make a difference, and it doesn’t take much. A well-timed positive word can brighten someone’s day and create a little bit of harmony amidst the chaos. March 1st has been dedicated as World Compliment Day, but intentional kindness shouldn’t be limited to one day of the year. More than setting the world aright, words of affirmation have the power to change lives, whether someone speaks them into your life or you choose to change your self-narrative.
The Status Quo on Aging
For many people, the aging process is a depressing fact of life. The body begins to breakdown, an individual is more susceptible to disease, cancer, or illness, and a person’s looks can become drastically altered. Too often people assume there is little that can be done to look and feel better as each birthday rolls past, apart from spending thousands of dollars on a cosmetic surgery or over-priced beauty packages sold by celebrities. However, there are several affordable and effective anti-aging options, one of which is the power of the spoken word. People get tired and frustrated as they age, and when negative emotions taken over our lives, it interferes with the physical looks and health of an individual. Skin tone and texture changes, eyes lose their brightness, the body becomes fatigued, and a person’s engagement with life tends to decline. Rather than resigning yourself to the status quo of aging, speaking words of affirmation over your life and health can get you in touch with an inner fountain of youth.
Choosing Mind Over Matter
Have you ever heard athletes talk about powering through an injury and delivering a stellar performance? Sometimes, people will use the phrase mind over matter to get past the physical hiccups in life and restore their energy. The same can be true about your journey through aging. What you tell yourself, whether positive or negative, will impact how your body mentally and physically responds to each situation. Those people that you admire for maintaining their youthful looks and energy probably haven’t accepted the standard aging narrative. Instead, they live their lives with passion and embrace each moment in full. They don’t look at the end of the path, but the joys along the journey. Acquiring a positive mental attitude towards your position in life opens the door to feeling and looking younger.
Building a Positive Narrative
In order to have a positive view of life or your situation, you need to remove the negative self-talk or criticism. It could be the way you talk about your wrinkles or you complain about your saggy muscles. Though these need to be addressed, look at it as an opportunity. You can create a more positive outlook by continually speaking affirmations into your life. This creates a mindset that works in tandem with your body to help you appear and feel younger. Affirmations can be used to energize your mind, motivating you on to new experiences or routines. Affirmations empower you to become more adventurous and driven, creating a hunger to get the most of life and live in the moment. Studies have shown that those who have a positive self-image are often rated as having a natural beauty when compared to individuals that are dissatisfied with life and have little happiness. Filling your life with affirmations replaces the negative self-beliefs and fills your mind with self-love and acceptance.
If you aren’t sure where to start with your affirmations, start with an evaluation of the present and then move into what you desire for the future. Here are some ideas to get you going.
• My body is strong and healthy.
• My mind is sharp.
• I have a strong and healthy heart.
• I have a mind like a teenager.
• I am youthful and vibrant.
• I will maintain high energy levels.
• My mind will stay alert and active.
• I will take good care of my body.
• I will grow stronger and healthier every day.
• I love life.
• I will embrace each that I am given.
• My healthy will always be a priority.
The Health Benefits of Affirmation
Though you may specifically engage in words of affirmation to improve your looks and help you feel younger, studies reveal there are several other health benefits. Those with a positive outlook on life often have higher immunity, reduced risk for heart disease, and have fewer reports of mental health challenges. While you can change the world with just a word, you can also proactively change how you look and feel.
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