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Plant Seeds of Positive Thoughts  

Linda Rellergert, Nutrition Specialist in St. Charles County
University of Missouri Extension



In a recent column in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, psychologist Doris Wild Helmering wrote about using affirmations to help change attitudes. She wrote, “Most of us understand that to be a good athlete, you have to work hard to get your body to do what you want it to do. . . .it also takes a lot of practice to control our thoughts, to still our mind. But once you learn to control your thoughts, instead of allowing your thoughts to control you, you’ll lead a more creative and satisfying life.”

One way to control your thoughts, Helmering writes, is to repeat an affirmation to yourself over and over. Listed below are some affirmations related to acceptance and respect for self. Try using them to help recognize your self-worth and beauty. You might want to copy them onto index cards or sticky notes and post where you will read them often throughout the day. Put up new ones or move these about from time to time to keep them fresh and meaningful.

  • I am a worthwhile and lovable person.
  • My smile is warm and comforting to others.
  • Life isn’t motivated by fear.
  • I have the right to all my feelings.
  • There are no bad feelings.
  • I have the right to make mistakes.
  • I have the right to change and grow.
  • I can be angry with someone I love.
  • I can take care of myself, no matter where I am.
  • I do have the right to please myself.
  • There is nobody in this world like me.
  • I am unique and very special.
  • I enjoy being myself.
  • I am sufficient.
  • I accept being human.




Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009








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