Do you consider yourself to be a kind person? I like to think that I am kind…and then I go and do something thoughtless or hurtful, and I have to stop and wonder. Am I really a kind person? I suspect that I’m not alone in this feeling. I do try to remember that mistakes are a part of the learning process and I can always improve. For those of us that strive to be kind, I suggest we use this simple daily affirmation: I Am Kind.
Yep, it’s just 3 little words that are easy to remember and easy to understand.
An affirmation such as this is a way to internalize our thoughts and feelings and help change our beliefs and behaviors. It helps us improve in the ways that we seek to grow.
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What is an Affirmation?
Let’s start with a basic definition of an affirmation.
An affirmation is a simple sentence or phrase that is used to manifest a particular outcome.
In the example above, we use the affirmation “I am kind” in order to train our minds to behave in a way that corresponds to the statement. In other words, by stating that we are kind, we can create a belief that we are indeed, kind. This in turn helps us to change our behavior to match this belief.
How Can We Use Affirmations?
The easiest way to use an affirmation is simply by repeating it. Ideally, you will want to repeat it, out loud, at least ten times in a row. More complex affirmations (those you aren’t quite convinced are accurate for you) may take additional repetitions. But for a simple “I am kind”, ten times should be an excellent start.
For increased impact, speak your affirmation out loud into the mirror. As you gaze at your own image, picture that person you see as a truly kind person. Believe that is who you are.
Additional Ways to Use Affirmations
Repeating an affirmation ten times in a row is a good start. But there are many other ways to use an affirmation that will help you more deeply internalize it.
Try saying it every hour, on the hour, for an entire day. Set a timer on your watch or phone.
Write it on a sticky note and place it on your computer, bathroom mirror, on a door at eye level, or anywhere you will see it regularly.
Meditate on what exactly the affirmation means to you. How can you make it an integral part of who you are? What does that look like in daily practice?
Write the affirmation down over and over in a notebook or journal.
Write it on a card and place it in a pocket. Each time you place your hand in that pocket, you’ll be reminded of the card, and the words on it.
Determine 3-5 ways you will act out your affirmation throughout the day.
Jot notes in a journal each time you behave in a way that matches your affirmation. This is an excellent way to ensure that you are practicing, not just reading, your chosen way of being.
Choosing an Affirmation
Although there are hundreds – probably thousands – of affirmations that we can benefit from, it’s important not to overwhelm ourselves.
Stick with one affirmation per day, at most.
Some you may need to keep front and center for several days to really let it sink into your soul.
“I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.”
A Simple Daily Affirmation: I Am Kind.
Now that you have a better understanding of what affirmations are and how they work, let’s dive a little more into our simple daily affirmation: I Am Kind.
I recommend reading through this entire affirmation. Take time to really contemplate the meaning of the words. You may even want to print the full affirmation out so that you can recite the full version throughout your day, rather than just the short, three-word version. Choose what works best for you.
Here is the full affirmation:
I Am Kind.
I recognize that kindness is a vital part of who I am as an individual.
In every moment of every day, I choose to behave in a way that is kind, generous, and loving.
I choose to direct kindness outward into the world and share it with others.
At the same time, I choose to direct kindness inward to myself.
In all ways, I choose kindness as my modus operandi.
I think kind thoughts.
I am aware when unconscious and negative thought patterns bubble up to the surface. Rather than simply dismiss those thoughts, I take time to understand them and dig deeper to find their origin.
Once I find their origin, and I feel good about releasing them, I replace them with kind thoughts. I adjust my beliefs accordingly. I forgive myself and others for unkind actions. Now, I choose to repair and replace unkindness with kindness.
I am kind to myself.
Through purposeful observation, I notice where in my life I could be more kind. I notice what kindness feels like in my heart and I replicate that feeling of kindness throughout the cells of my body. The whole of my body responds as I embrace this feeling.
I am kind in my thoughts, words, and behavior as I direct them toward myself.
I am kind to others.
As I smile and give eye contact to others, I am aware that it comes from a place of compassion and acceptance.
I recognize that a kind word or gesture can change someone’s life in ways I cannot predict.
Therefore, I share kindness freely, and generously.
I seek out ways to show a little more kindness to my family, friends, co-workers, and even people I encounter only briefly, such as clerks at the grocery store.
I know it doesn’t take much to be kind.
It is doable. I can be more kind to self and others and I can choose to increase my level of kindness in all my dealings, today and each day of the future.
The world becomes a better place due to my kindness.
Kindness is my choice.
I am kind.
“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference.”Helen James
Read More About Kindness:
- What is Kindness and Why is it Important?
- 50 Acts of Kindness to Make the World a Better Place
- Life Lessons for Everyday
- Are We Too Busy to be Kind?
- The Amazing Benefits of a Hug
- Showing Kindness to Your Neighbors
Final Thoughts About A Simple Daily Affirmation: I Am Kind.
What is your experience with affirmations Do you use them often, and have you found them to make an impact on your life? Or are they a new concept for you?
Either way, I hope you will consider working with this particular affirmation, because its power lies in its simplicity.
And, after all, we can certainly use more kindness in this world. The benefits are immeasurable.