Practising gratitude has been a crucial part of improving my mindset.
In fact, I would argue that gratitude affirmations are KEY for a positive mindset.
Practising gratitude encourages you to focus on what you have, rather than what you don’t, which vastly improves the way you view your life and how you approach it in general.
Here are my favourite, powerful gratitude affirmations that have really helped improve my mindset.
What are gratitude affirmations?
Affirmations are powerful statements – usually ‘I am’ or ‘I have’ statements written/said in the present tense – that affirm how amazing, strong, or abundant you are.
They affirm aspects about yourself that you want or that you want to improve upon as if they’ve already happened in order to boost your mindset and help you fulfil them.
Gratitude affirmations are statements that affirm your gratitude for what you have.
They can be repeated:
- When you’re feeling negative or pessimistic
- To relieve stress if you’re not achieving your goals as quickly as you’d like (feeling desperate can negatively impact achieving your goals)
- Every morning to start the day off on a positive note
- Every evening to go to bed on a positive note and appreciate what you’ve done that day
Gratitude affirmations reaffirm your faith that the universe has your back and that your goals are on their way, you know you just need to stay positive and allow everything to fall into place.
From a not-so-spiritual point of view, they also remind you to be thankful for what you have and to stop dwelling on what you don’t, as that won’t make your goals happen any quicker.
11 powerful gratitude affirmations
- I’m so grateful to get to wake up and experience a new day
- I’m thankful that the universe has my back
- I’m grateful for my body and what it can do
- I invite gratitude, happiness, and abundance into my life
- I’m thankful for how powerful I am
- I get to nourish myself
- I’m grateful for everything life throws at me – even the hurdles – because they make me *me*
- I choose to live a life of gratitude
- I’m thankful for the people I have in my life
- I’m grateful for the people who are no longer in my life who taught me lessons
- I’m thankful that people are grateful to have me in their life
- I’m grateful for the person I am and the person I’m becoming
- I get to move my body in ways that feel good to me
- I’m grateful for my intuition
- I’m so thankful for self-awareness
- I feel confident within myself and I’m so thankful for that
- I get a chance at a new day – I get to make a fresh start
- My heart is filled with gratitude and warmth
- I’m unbelievably grateful for my creature comforts
- I’m thankful that I get to prioritise myself and practise self-care
- I’m grateful for mindfulness – it keeps me calm and grounded
- Thank you universe for everything I have
- I’m thankful that I have the tools to overcome anything
- I’m grateful that I get to live out my dreams in this lifetime
- I am so grateful for my freedom and ability to choose myself
- I am grateful for every success – no matter how big or small – I get to enjoy
How do you express gratitude to the universe?
The Law of Attraction and manifestation are a little outside the scope of this blog post. However, I do want to quickly talk about putting gratitude out into the universe in order to improve your mindset and, by extension, your life.
This doesn’t have to be a spiritual practice or ‘woo woo’ in the slightest – practising gratitude is actually a technique recommended by therapists and professionals to improve your mental health and outlook.
There’s actual neuroscience that backs this up!
And, to be honest, that makes perfect sense, right?
If you’re focusing on what you’re grateful for and repeating gratitude affirmations instead of focusing on what you haven’t got and negative self-talk, of course you’re more likely to feel positive.
Putting positive energy out into the universe instead of negativity is naturally only going to make you feel happier and more optimistic.
What’s more, if you’re positive, you’re more likely to attract like-minded, positive people, which will boost your mindset further. It’s a pretty awesome cycle.
Positivity and negativity are both somewhat infectious – it’s up to you which one you choose and which one you decide to surround yourself with.
Ways you can put gratitude out into the universe other than gratitude affirmations are:
- Writing down three (or more) things that you’re grateful for every morning/evening.
- Being kind to others
- Meditation and/or yoga
- Redirecting negative self-talk
- Enforcing boundaries between you and negative people and situations
- Shadow work (working through our attributes that we hide from others/aren’t so fond of)
- Creating art
- Setting positive intentions/goals
How does gratitude improve your mindset?
Practising gratitude improves your mindset by reframing and rewiring your entire outlook on life.
It encourages you to be thankful for what you have and to focus on the positive, rather than what you don’t yet have and the negative.
Repeating gratitude affirmations and writing down three or more things you’re grateful for each morning and/or evening gets you in the habit of thinking positively. It helps you automatically look for the positive instead of allowing your mind to drift off to a negative place.
When you’re negative, you get trapped in a cycle of negativity. Your brain gets so used to thinking negatively and being pessimistic that all you begin to attract is negativity.
It’s becomes habit and the more you think negatively, the stronger those thought patterns get.
The great thing is, the same is true of the opposite: Positivity.
If you can challenge your negative thoughts with positive ones, or repeat a gratitude affirmation when you’re feeling pessimistic, you can gradually begin to rewire how you look at problems and life in general.
With consistency and perseverance, gratitude and positivity becomes a habit, and that in turn improves your mindset.
This is why writing out your affirmations is a key part of the journaling technique I teach in my course and workbook combo, Master Your Mindset With Journaling.
How to use gratitude affirmations
Repeating gratitude affirmations either out loud, in your head, or in writing can be really powerful for your mindset.
In order to get the most out of this, I invite you to make time for to practise gratitude every single morning and evening.
You can also repeat your gratitude affirmations whenever you’re feeling low, frustrated, if you’re not meeting your goals fast enough, or if your life feels lacking in any way.
The key to getting seriously positive affects from affirmations is to repeat them consistently and to implement them into your routine.
In my Etsy store, I sell Affirmation Art Printables that not only look cute on your wall, but remind you to repeat your affirmations for the best results.
Can I make my own gratitude affirmations?
Gratitude affirmations are effective for improving your mindset. However, they get downright POWERFUL when you repeat affirmations that truly resonate with you.
It’s all very well and good repeating positive affirmations – that can make you feel a little better.
But when you truly FEEL the affirmation in your soul and fully believe it with every fibre of your being, that’s when the real magic happens.
In order to find gratitude affirmations that you resonate with, you may want to try your hand at writing your own.
In order to do this:
- Write a list of things you’re grateful for.
- Change these statements into ‘I am’ and ‘I have’ statements – make sure they’re in the present tense.
- Make sure your list of gratitude affirmations doesn’t have any words in that could hold negative connotations as your brain can’t always tell your intention.
- Write the most powerful gratitude affirmations in your gratitude journal.
- Repeat these affirmations whenever you’re feeling stuck, frustrated, lacking, or down.
Improving your mindset with gratitude affirmations is mostly about consistency – i.e. practising gratitude every single day – and truly feeling thankful for what you have, no matter how small it might seem at first.
If you want to learn even more about how to use gratitude, as well as other techniques, to improve your mindset through journaling, feel free to check out my course and workbook – Master Your Mindset with Journaling – that teach you how to do exactly that.