The goal of positive affirmations is not to promote narcissism, but instead to promote neuro-resilience and healthy self-esteem so that people can contribute to the world in a positive way without being blocked by negativity, stress, and self-criticism that is all too common in today’s modern culture.
When we think a thought, the thought creates a path in our brain which is strengthened with each time it is thought. That pathway can become a default and due to the negativity bias we have, we are more likely to think the negative thoughts because historically, they protected us. Today, we do not need most of the life-threatening vigilance that our brain is ready for, and instead, we can tap in to more love and creativity if we step out of the fight/ flight response that is not contributing to our lives in a positive way.
Positive affirmations can be practiced over time, which strengthens our self esteem.
When we have more self esteem, we treat ourselves better, and in turn, make better decisions, making us healthier.
When we are healthy, we can contribute to the world and others in a positive way.
The science of positive psychology also outlines the effects of optimism and wellbeing. Optimism has been correlated with a multitude of positive health benefits including the prevention of many chronic diseases.
Rick Hanson, a highly respected psychologist and author states that the primary way to grow resilience is to have experiences in it in order to hardwire it into our own nervous system.