How to use gratitude meditations and affirmations to boost your spirit is the focus of this post. People use meditations and affirmations for lots of reasons. These practices can really center you and give you perspective. Today, I’ll share with you how infusing gratitude into these activities can lead you to transformative changes within your life. You may also want to read the following posts on this website:
You’ll discover what these things are, their benefits and how to do them. Meditation and affirmation can be practiced any time with no special tools.
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You’ve probably heard of both meditations and affirmations, though you may be uncertain of just what they are and how they work. They may even seem a bit too new age for you, but don’t underestimate their power just yet. These two practices are actually quite simple to add to your routine or even to use in a particularly stressful moment to gain perspective. Take a look below to learn about how to use gratitude meditations and affirmations to boost your spirit anytime.
What Are Meditations?
A meditation is really just a practice of taking some quiet time to be mindful and focus your attention on a particular thought or issue. It’s a moment of silent reflection that focuses you on the here and now. Gratitude meditations involve focusing your thoughts on being grateful for the particulars of your life or situation, even the ones that may not seem so positive. Your gratitude journaling can be considered a meditation, even. Any contemplative, purposeful time spent focused on being grateful can fall into this category. Music is a great way to start your meditation. All you have to do to get the full effect of this mindfulness practice is get lost in each song. Don’t get hang up on learning breathing techniques right now. Just go to a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed, and get your headphones. Now just sit or lay down, and get lost in the song.
Listen to this when you want to feel… calm.
This song is from the TV show Stranger Things, which has lots of good meditative music! 
Listen to this when you want to feel… healed. It’s from the movie Lion 
What Are Affirmations?
Affirmations are short, concise and positive sentences that are meant to purposefully affect the ways in which we think and feel. These can be in both conscious and unconscious ways. What we think greatly influences how we feel and behave. Introducing these positive messages into your life on a regular basis can help you to internalize them and begin living accordingly. Gratitude affirmations focus specifically on being grateful and appreciative.
How to use gratitude meditations and affirmations to boost your spirit anytime
Both meditation and affirmation are easy to put into practice. They can be used almost any time and anywhere. When you think of meditation, a long, intensive ritual may come to mind. In actuality, you don’t need to spend a lot of time meditating in order to reap the benefits. Simply sitting quietly for a few minutes and contemplating on what you’re grateful for can help to center you and to provide new perspective, which often will lead to feeling better. If you want something more structure or have more time, you can look up guided gratitude meditations online or grab a meditation app to try. When it comes to affirmations, a good practice might be to combine them with your gratitude journal. Write down positive messages that apply to your life and help to inspire or motivate you. Perhaps you want to keep them in a separate journal or store them online. Then you can pull out your collection of affirmations for a pick-me-up when you need one.
Affirmations are a way of replacing negative thoughts with positive ones. They help us to protect our self-esteem and our ability to tackle responsibilities and to handle stress. By valuing ourselves, we will appreciate what a positive difference we are making to others. Here are examples:
1. How I feel matters, therefore I concentrate on aspects of life that make me feel good!
2. My challenges bring me better opportunities.
3. My mood creates a physiological response in my body. I am peaceful and positive!
Gratitude meditations and affirmations are simple tools that offer a big return. They take only a few minutes to practice, and you really don’t need any special equipment. Give them a try when you feel you could use an injection of gratitude in your life.
Do affirmations really work?
Skeptics may roll their eyes, and therapists caution that misuse of self-talk can mean substituting words for will, but in the last few decades, the thoughtful use of affirmations has received a big (ahem) affirmation from psychologists and neuroscientists.
When we are wishing well for ourselves (and others), or visualizing positive things in our lives, researchers can literally see our brains light up in areas that support resilience and soothe stress, says Los Angeles neuropsychologist Elisha Goldstein.
“I think it’s a pretty direct connection” he says. “Visualize yourself successful at something, and it changes your brain.”
A number of studies have shown that positive self-talk can improve how we perform or respond in challenging circumstances. One study of college students found that couples who paused at the start of an argument to speak affirmations about themselves or aspects of their lives unrelated to the argument were less likely to escalate the fight.
A study of minority students at an inner-city school found that repeating brief affirmations significantly reduced the racial achievement gap–and that those small interventions continued to improve student performance even two years later. Another study found that when female students in introductory physics classes wrote affirmations to themselves, their test scores improved, dramatically lessening the gender gap in classroom performance.
Value of affirmations
Affirmations are a way of replacing negative thoughts with positive ones. They help us to protect our self-esteem and our ability to tackle responsibilities and to handle stress. Want to see if affirmations work? Next time sad, just play these songs with the volume turned up loud, sing along and repeat the positive affirmations over and over again.
1. “Roar” by Katy Perry
“I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through the fire
Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar” 
2. “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself” by Jess Glynne
“Let’s go back to simplicity
I feel like I’ve been missing me
Was not who I’m supposed to be
I felt this darkness over me
We all get there eventually
I never knew where I belonged
But I was right and you were wrong
Been telling myself all along
Don’t be so hard on yourself, no
Learn to forgive, learn to let go
Everyone trips, everyone falls
So don’t be so hard on yourself, no
‘Cause I’m just tired of marching on my own
Kind of frail, I feel it in my bones
Oh, let my heart, my heart turn into stone
So don’t be so hard on yourself, no” 
Creating your own affirmations can be an exciting process of self-discovery. If you combine this with gratitude mediations you can easily find a way to boost your mood and your health. In other words, use gratitude meditations and affirmations to boost your spirit anytime.
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