Wouldn’t it be nice to be happy? For those who need them most, positive affirmations don’t always work. Research shows that the people who feel markedly negative or have perpetual low self-esteem, often can’t bring themselves to believe what they’re actually saying.
For people who are particularly anxious, ambivalent, negative or even depressed, repeating positive affirmations can sometimes do more harm than good. Dr. Joanne Wood and her colleagues at the University of Waterloo, published a study in the Journal of Psychological Science concluding that “repeating positive self-statements may benefit certain people, such as individuals with high self-esteem, but backfire for the very people who need them the most.”
The research seems to indicate that those among us who are most vulnerable, are the ones who reject the positive affirmation, believing “no, I don’t feel happy”…this isn’t working!
Here are some wonderful indirect positive affirmations from “The Purple Flower” that can be used in place of directly stated positive affirmations — if you struggle to believe “Today, I am happy, and where I want to be in life,” then you hopefully can believe that, “yes, it would be nice to feel happy and in a good place.” Make sure to have your volume up and enjoy!