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What are some examples of daily affirmations for men? Do positive affirmations actually work?

When used correctly, positive affirmations have been shown to boost your motivation and self-confidence. But sometimes it’s difficult to know what to tell yourself, which is where our list of daily affirmations for men can help.

Keep reading for ten powerful daily affirmations for men.

Daily Affirmations for Men: You Can Do This

You can use positive affirmations—or constructive statements that challenge old beliefs—to help you push through moments of self-doubt. Tell yourself you’re lovable, important, and capable in a way that works best for you. 

Remember that affirmations alone cannot change a person. However, they help reinforce productive habits and combat negative thoughts. 

While we encourage you to create your own, here are some daily affirmations for men to get you started:

  1. “I’m worthy of love and acceptance.”
  2. “I’m enough just as I am.”
  3. “I deserve happiness.”
  4. “I’m allowed to take time for myself.”
  5. “My needs are valid. My feelings are valid.”
  6. “I’m human and I make mistakes.”
  7. “My past is not a reflection of my future.”
  8. “I am capable. I can do this.”
  9. “I have the power to create change.”
  10. “My potential is limitless.”

Do Positive Affirmations Actually Work?

In his review of scientific literature on positive affirmations, addictions counselor Steve Rose noticed that positive affirmations don’t often work the way we expect them to. Despite claims that affirmations help us battle our worst thoughts and moods, studies show that isn’t totally accurate. One study found that using affirmations we don’t already believe may actually make us feel worse. Another noticed that while listening to positive affirmations may help boost your mood, reading them may lead to unproductive self-reflection

This doesn’t mean positive affirmations are useless, but if you find they make you feel worse, don’t force it. You can’t compel yourself to instantly accept something you don’t believe—yet.So when do positive affirmations work? Rose says they’re better for affirming beliefs you already hold. One study found stating your values or beliefs out loud can boost your motivation or guide your internal compass.

Use the above list of daily affirmations for men as a guide—but it’s important you find affirmations that work for you.

10 Powerful Daily Affirmations for Men

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Elizabeth Shaw

Elizabeth graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in English Literature. Growing up, she enjoyed reading fairy tales, Beatrix Potter stories, and The Wind in the Willows. As of today, her all-time favorite book is Wuthering Heights, with Jane Eyre as a close second. Elizabeth has branched out to non-fiction since graduating and particularly enjoys books relating to mindfulness, self-improvement, history, and philosophy.

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