When I hear the word affirmations my mind immediately goes back to the Saturday Night Live episodes with Jack Handey, and I can't help but smile and hear, "I'm good enough. I'm smart enough. And, gosh darn it, people like me."
However, I was reminded of the helpfulness of affirmations this past week when one of my students said her homework was to write down 50 affirmations a day. This wasn't her school homework but homework that was assigned when she was released from the trauma unit of a hospital. This was her homework to try to begin re-programming her brain. With awareness, we might notice there are times when the mind begins reciting negative talk about ourselves. It is important we notice this negative self-talk, or we just might start believing it. Replacing the negative self-talk with affirmations really does work.