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100 Uplifting Affirmations for Friendships Old and New

Affirmations can be really powerful for strengthening relationships and friendships definitely fall under that category.

They can help improve confidence, self-belief, and self-love, which in turn helps you make better decisions, enforce boundaries, respect other peoples’ boundaries, and be there for those you love.

In this post, you’ll find a TON of affirmations directed at different areas of friendship – old and new.

Affirmations for current friends

Friendships – no matter how old they are – need nurturing in order to remain strong.

Friendships are kind of like plants. Once they grow big and strong (and survive the seasons that come with life), they don’t need quite as much attention as when they were little seedlings. However, they do still need the occasional water and prune.

Sometimes, we have doubt over the quality of our friendships – as well as what we actually bring to the table ourselves – and need a little reassurance.

Here are some affirmations to help you do just that!

  1. My friends always have my back
  2. My friends love being around me
  3. I am so grateful to have my wonderful friends
  4. I am grateful to have overcome hurdles together
  5. Being around my friends gives me energy
  6. I am grateful that my friends respect my boundaries
  7. I trust my friends wholeheartedly
  8. I am awesome by myself, but my friends enhance that awesomeness
  9. I choose who I surround myself with
  10. My friends are powerful forces of nature
  11. I bring joy to my friends’ lives
  12. My friends give me strength
  13. I am grateful to feel this type of love
  14. Together, we can overcome anything
  15. My friends are always there to pick me up
  16. I can rely on my friends, just as they can rely on me
  17. My friends love me just as I am
  18. I love my friends just as they are
  19. Our differences make us powerful
  20. We are all our own person
  21. No one is perfect – nor do we have to be!
  22. Disagreements make us stronger in the long-run
  23. Human beings change over time – it’s natural
  24. I choose to surround myself with people who match my vibe
  25. We heal each other

Affirmations for losing friends

Losing friends is an unfortunate part of life.

People make mistakes, they change, or they simply grow apart over time.

I encourage you to mourn the end of any relationship so that you can heal from it properly.

Below are some affirmations to help strengthen your resolve, realise your worth, and move on from a lost friendship.

  1. I am proud of myself for putting *me* first
  2. Enforcing my boundaries makes me powerful
  3. My love for myself comes first
  4. I allow myself to feel hurt
  5. I learn from my mistakes
  6. I am in control of my own power
  7. I have my back and that’s what matters
  8. I let go of what doesn’t bring joy to my life
  9. Letting go of negative energy is self-care
  10. My self-respect is sky-high
  11. Mistakes help me grow
  12. When someone shows me who they are, I listen
  13. I feel like a weight has lifted
  14. I allow myself to mourn my lost friendship
  15. Being sad about losing someone is totally normal – it’s okay!
  16. I am grateful to have learned this lesson
  17. When one chapter closes, another one starts
  18. My energy feels revigorated
  19. I trust my path
  20. The Universe has my back
  21. I am excited to move forward
  22. I am grateful that I get to be in charge of my life
  23. Making choices about who I allow into my life makes me strong
  24. I am excited to see what the future has in store
  25. I choose to let go
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Affirmations for making new friends

As we get older, it can become harder to make new friends.

We don’t tend to meet many new people in our day-to-day lives. We’re set in our routines, have families, and often already have a tight inner circle.

However, just because something might be harder, doesn’t make it impossible. I have personally made plenty of new friends in recent years – and I’m in my 30s!

We just have to be more intentional about it as they’re unlikely to just pop up in our lives like they did back in school.

Here are some affirmations to give you that boost you need to make new friends.

  1. I attract new friends towards me effortlessly
  2. I am worthy of friendship
  3. I am grateful for the new energy I am inviting into my life
  4. I deserve wonderful friends
  5. I have so much to offer to friendship
  6. I am an amazing friend
  7. I welcome new opinions
  8. I deserve loyal, trustworthy friends
  9. I am grateful that I get to choose who to invite into my life
  10. I welcome new opportunities with open arms
  11. Making connections with people comes naturally to me
  12. I am a friendship magnet
  13. I have so much love to give and I’m grateful for that
  14. I attract kind, compassionate people into my life
  15. I am a great friend
  16. I choose to not isolate myself
  17. I am grateful for my existing friendships
  18. Making new friends is fun!
  19. I embrace social occasions
  20. Every day brings a new opportunity to make a new friend
  21. I am ready to invite new people into my life
  22. I am grateful that I get to share my love with others
  23. Social situations are easy for me
  24. I choose to let go of the insecurities holding me back from making new friends
  25. I attract new friends just the way I am, without changing
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Sweet words of affirmation to tell your friends

Friendships are a type of relationship and relationships are a two-way street.

Therefore, it’s important to lift your friends up, as well as yourself.

Here are some lovely words of affirmation to tell your friends whenever they need a little pep-talk.

  1. I’ve got you
  2. You’re amazing
  3. I’ve got your back
  4. You are awesome, just the way you are
  5. Your feelings are totally valid
  6. I am always here to talk
  7. We can work through this together
  8. You are a force of nature
  9. I am so grateful to have you in my life
  10. You can do anything you put your mind to
  11. You bring me so much joy
  12. You bring so much joy to so many people
  13. You don’t need to change for anyone but yourself
  14. You’ve got this
  15. You make me belly laugh every day
  16. I love spending time with you
  17. You’re my favourite person
  18. You inspire me
  19. I always look forward to seeing you
  20. I look up to you
  21. You’re the hardest worker I know
  22. I see you
  23. I respect your boundaries
  24. You are worthy of great things
  25. You deserve the best
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Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re new to using affirmations, here are some questions you might be having at the moment answered for you.

What are positive affirmations?

Positive affirmations are positive statements that re-affirm self-belief.

They’re usually written and repeated in the present tense, as if they’re already happening or have happened.

Affirmations are designed to be repeated, either in writing in your journal, out loud, in your head, or all three.

How do affirmations work?

Affirmations work by basically rewiring or reprogramming our thought processes.

We tend to think pretty negatively of ourselves; in fact, we can be our own worst energy. We cycle through negative thought after negative thought, and engage in negative self-talk habitually. This happens because negativity tends to breed negativity. We get into such a habit of being awful to ourselves, that it becomes second nature.

What’s more, there’s evidence to suggest that the more we repeat something, the more we believe it. Therefore, if the only things we’re telling ourselves are negative, we’re going to believe we’re all these negative things more strongly the more we repeat them. It becomes a vicious cycle that harms our confidence.

With all this in mind, it makes sense that if we repeat positive statements – aka positive affirmations – and get into the habit of repeating them often and even replacing negative self-talk with positive affirmations, we will think positively about ourselves.

This helps boost:

  • Confidence
  • Self-belief
  • Self-love
  • Mindset
  • Mood

For many, we need a little confidence and self-belief to make new friends especially. Approaching new people can be scary if you don’t think you deserve to be treated with respect and kindness.

Having confidence and self-love is also important for maintaining existing relationships, as if ensures we enforce firm boundaries (as well as respect other peoples’), and we don’t let insecurities get in the way of our bonds.

How to get the most out of using affirmations?

Using affirmations doesn’t need to be over-complicated.

Here are some of my top tips for getting the most out of them:

  • Only pick one-or-two: Picking too many affirmations to repeat can be overwhelming and confusing. Picking just one or two helps you focus and hone in on one area.
  • Pick affirmation(s) that resonate: Make sure the specific affirmation you choose actually resonates with your goals or struggles. There’s no point repeating an affirmation that you don’t actually connect with.
  • Feel the affirmation: This might be the most important part of repeating affirmations: Try to harness how the affirmation makes you feel as if you already believe it to be true.
  • Use them as a tool to combat negative self-talk: Don’t just repeat affirmations in the morning, use them as a tool to directly combat negative thoughts that pop up throughout the day. Flip any negative statement you tell yourself on it’s head. This is an amazing habit to get into.
  • Write them in your journal: As well as repeating them aloud, I found that writing affirmations in my journal felt really empowering.
  • Use affirmation cards: Using affirmation cards – or something similar – is a great way to remember your affirmations and stay consistent. Check out these printable affirmation cards, for example.

Affirmations can be great for friendship, whether that’s nurturing existing ones or making new ones.

They help boost your confidence and also encourage you to feel empowered so you know what you deserve in life and what you won’t stand for.

Making friends can happen at any age and can be a really warm, positive experience, no matter what stage of life you’re at.

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