Build a Habit of Saying Thank You With a Daily Affirmation

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How does it feel when someone says, “thank you” to you? Personally, I think it feels pretty great, especially when I know it’s sincere. But it feels just as good when I express my thanks to other people when they have done something kind for me. I like people to know just how much they are appreciated. And that’s the basis for this simple daily affirmation, I express my thanks to others. It helps keep me in the habit of thanking people at every opportunity.

Affirmations are powerful. 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 for today, we use the affirmation “I express my thanks to other people” in order to train our minds to behave in a way that corresponds to the statement.

In other words, by stating that we are someone who routinely expresses appreciation, we can create a belief that we will consciously say thank you to others when the occasion arises. 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, visualize that person you see as someone who consistently expresses appreciation. Believe that is who you are.

Additional Ways to Use Affirmations

Spoken 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.

Written Affirmations

Write the affirmation down over and over in a notebook or journal.

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.

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 your chosen way of being, and not just reading the words.

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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.

Other Ways to Use Affirmations

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?

Determine 3-5 ways you will act out your affirmation throughout the day.

If you wish to expand your affirmation, here is some supporting wording you may wish to read, write, and recite:

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A Simple Daily Affirmation: I Express My Thanks To Others.

I am someone who expresses my thanks to others.

My life is full of blessings. As I think of those close to me, I am thankful for the wonderful feelings and memories I have shared with them.

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I thank them for all that they have done for me, given me, and meant to me.

I thank them for sharing themselves with me.

I thank them for making me a better, stronger, more complete person.

I thank my family members. I thank my neighbors. I thank my friends.

I thank people whose names I may not even know, but who have assisted me or enriched my life in some way. The grocery checkout clerk. The coffee barista. The waitress. The person who picked up my hat from the ground and returned it to me, when I hadn’t even noticed it slip out of my pocket.

I thank others for kindnesses large and small.

It is important for me to express my gratitude to others for these kindnesses. Because I feel this gratitude, I let others know how much I appreciate them.

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I recognize how lucky I am to have such wonderful human beings in my life.

I show appreciation in many ways. Sometimes I simply say the words, “thank you”. Sometimes, I say “thanks” in an e-mail or text. Other times, I make a phone call or personal visit. At times, I thank others by giving them a small gift or inviting them to lunch.

There are so many ways I can say “thank you”.

Expressing my appreciation brings me joy. It also makes other people feel good, and knowing that I can create good feelings is important to me.

Today, I will consciously express my thanks to others. They deserve this recognition and the good feelings it will bring them.

I will let them know how thankful I am for their presence in my life.

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Self-Reflection Questions:

  1. Do I think it is important to show my appreciation when others do something for me? Why or why not?
  2. How do I currently demonstrate my appreciation toward others?
  3. What are some additional ways I can show others that I appreciate them?

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Final Thoughts on Build a Habit of Saying Thank You With a Daily Affirmation

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?

Expressing your appreciation to others is such a simple way of being kind. We should all strive to find reasons to thank others more often.

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