A List of Gratitude Affirmations That Will Last You a Full Month
Each day of this month, repeat one of the gratitude affirmations from this list (you can go in order or pick the one that most feels right to you each day). It might feel strange at first, but gratitude affirmations are a way of reprogramming your mind to see your situation differently. These gratitude affirmations are all about practicing gratitude, thankfulness, abundance, and seeing the good in what you already have, even if you live with social anxiety.
31 Gratitude Affirmations
I have everything I need.
Do you see what you already have in your life? Take a day and try to really focus on what you have instead of what you are lacking. When you do this, you immediately shift your focus from a feeling of needing more to a feeling of having enough.
What I need comes to me.
If you move through life expecting to be given more of what you need, it is more likely that you will start to see those things in your life. The simplest example is needing a friend—if you expect people to be friendly toward you, you will be friendly yourself, which brings more of that into your life.
I am thankful for the beauty of life.
Stop for a moment today and look around! How many times have you run through the motions without taking the time to see the beauty in the smallest things. If you are feeling down about your situation, slow down and truly be grateful for the beauty of the simplest things around you.
I am grateful for today’s opportunities.
When you wake up in the morning, are you grateful for the opportunities coming your way? Wake up thankful for the chance to start a new day. You can make it anything you want. Each day is a clean slate, and you don’t need to feel weighed down by the past. Try to see today with fresh eyes.
My resources are unlimited.
When you are struggling, it’s easy to feel as though you have limited resources to cope. In reality, most of us have unlimited resources if we are willing to look for them. Rather than getting stuck in your problem, make a plan to solve it, and reach out for whatever help you can find.
I appreciate the chance to forgive.
Rather than being bitter about things that have happened to you, be thankful for the chance to forgive those who have hurt you. Forgiveness is what will help you to move on and detach from what happened, so don’t view it negatively. It’s a positive step.
I am grateful for each person I meet.
Spend the today feeling grateful for each new person that you meet. Replace your anxiety with curiosity. What can you learn from each person? What makes them unique? You have a chance with each person you meet to learn something new. Don’t waste it.
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I have no limits.
What limits on your placing on yourself today? Remove them. Spend today thinking that you have no limits. There are no “rules” you have to follow because of your social anxiety or other perceived limitations. Take some chances and see what happens. You might be pleasantly surprised.
I am grateful for my gifts.
Each of us has unique gifts. What are yours? Spend some time today thinking about the qualities that make you unique. Those are your strengths and you need to build on them. There is no other person like you in the world, and the world needs you. Don’t forget that.
Things are getting better for me.
None of us can predict what the future holds. Always choose to believe that wonderful things may happen to you in the future, rather than imagining the worst. When you start to think that your future is bright, you will look for the beauty in things to come.
I am always learning from others.
Instead of perceiving meeting new people as a chore that you need to get through, how would your perspective shift if instead, you saw it as a gift coming into your life. Everyone has unique qualities and characteristics. Try to find something interesting about each new person that you meet, so that you can focus on being grateful for these experiences rather than fearful of them.
I am thankful for this moment.
How often do you stop and feel grateful for the moment you are in? This positive affirmation will help you to remember to stop and “smell the roses” even when you feel anxious. Repeat this to yourself often throughout the day, and when you do, stop and take notice of the moment. What do you see, hear, smell, around you? Connect back with your environment as a way of quieting the noise inside your head.
There is good in every situation.
Can you get to a place where you perceive the good in every situation? As persons with social anxiety, we tend to always look for the bad, be that people judging us negatively or something that we’ve done wrong. Use this positive affirmation to remind yourself that even in what seems like the worst situation, there will always be some good. If something bad happened, what did you learn from it and how can you do better next time?
I am thankful for my unique talents.
“The world needs you.” This is a favorite quote of mine from blogger Faith Hawks from Radical Transformation Project. What are your unique talents? What makes you special that is unique to you? You probably spend so much time thinking about what is wrong with you, that you may not stop to recognize what is right. Today, repeat to yourself that you are thankful for your unique talents.
I am grateful for every life experience.
Are you grateful for every life experience? People with social anxiety tend to focus on the negative of everything that happens. When was the last time you said “thank you” to an experience, whether it was good, bad, or unremarkable? Even the smallest moments can have meaning if you assign it to them. Take the time to appreciate the moment and be mindful of what you are being given.
(Use the Morning Gratitude Meditation below to practice even more gratitude in your life)
I show appreciation to others.
Showing others that you appreciate them can be a structured way to approach social situations. Always be the person who says thank you or who comments on the good in other people. Give a secondary compliment: say something good about someone to someone else that they know. By focusing on your gratitude for and appreciation of others, you will focus less on yourself and being self-conscious.
I am thankful for the smallest things.
When we take time to notice the smallest things in life, it makes us more grateful and appreciative of them. It can also help you to feel less like there are things missing in your life. When is the last time you appreciated a sunrise, sunset, lightning storm, or full moon? Slow down and be in the moment. Notice those little things, because they are what have the power to keep you centered with the big things in life are weighing you down.
Being thankful comes easily to me.
If you live with mental health issues you might have trouble feeling thankful. Spend today focusing on your capacity for thankfulness. Can you appreciate small good things that happen to you today? Can you look for the good? If you start to train yourself, it will slowly become easier to be thankful for all the wonderful things you already have.
I am thankful for opportunities to grow.
How do you view challenges? Can you see them as opportunities to grow? When you see your mistakes as chances to improve, you will start to welcome them into your life. Instead of seeking perfection in what you do, seek to learn as you go. It’s okay to make mistakes—everyone does. It’s how you grow from those mistakes that will make a difference in your life. When something goes wrong, think about it realistically. If it was not under your control, don’t worry about it. If there was something you could have reasonably done differently, then choose to make that choice next time.
I accept gifts with deep gratitude.
Showing gratitude for gifts that you receive doesn’t always have to mean being the center of attention. Thank you notes are always appreciated and give you a chance to show your appreciation in a more personal way. Get creative in showing your gratitude, but always be grateful and thankful to those who give you gifts of any kind.
Gratitude brings me joy.
Rather than just going through the motions of being thankful and grateful, see if it sparks emotions in you. Do you feel happy or joyful when you are in a thankful frame of mind? If you can get to a place where you find joy in being grateful for what you have and for small things in life, you will be more likely to continue with a habit of gratitude.
I am thankful for the beauty of nature.
When we are caught up in our anxiety, we tend to focus inward rather than notice our environment. Paying attention to the beauty of nature can help you to refocus. Notice the beauty that surrounds you when you spend time outside. Even something as simple as looking up at the night sky will remind you of the bigger picture. Try star gazing or getting up early to watch the sunrise.
People are always helping me.
Sometimes we fail to see the help that is all around us. When you are thankful for people who help you, it will become easier to see the help that is offered. Though you may think you don’t have many people supporting you, there is usually always at least one person who is always there to help when you need it. Spend time today realizing how much support you really do have if you reach out.
Everything always works out for me.
Saying yes to the universe means opening yourself up for positive things. It means trusting that if you are thankful and grateful, eventually good things will come to you. You don’t need to be a spiritual person to be open to positivity in your life. You attract more of what you project. If you smile, others will smile back. Remind yourself today to be open and say yes.
I am thankful for my past.
Every day is the chance to start fresh. Whether you believe that or not, your past does not define who you are today. At the same time, being thankful for your past and your experiences allows you to see them in a different light. Instead of feeling bitter, angry, or ashamed, you can feel understanding, calm, and accepting. Everyone makes mistakes, and everyone experiences hardship. Today is a new day to start over.
I am thankful for my dreams.
We all need dreams. What are yours? Have you let any go? Spend some time today focusing on the dreams that you may have forgotten because they seemed too hard. Being thankful for what is possible will open you up to imagine a better future.
I am grateful for my fear.
Being grateful for your fear involves viewing fear as something positive in your life. Fear serves a purpose. If each of us was without fear, we wouldn’t know enough to back away from danger. In the case of social anxiety, fear is out of proportion to the situation. How can you be thankful for this fear? Imagine how strong you will be when you overcome it.
I am thankful for people who help me.
Whether you believe you have people who support you in your life or not, each of us can reach out for support when we need it. Friends, family, acquaintances, guidance counselors, pastors, crisis line workers—there is always someone waiting and ready to help you if you can reach out and ask for the help. Rather than feel embarrassed to do so, feel thankful that you have these options today and remind yourself of them.
I am always moving forward.
As we become caught up in daily life, it can be easy not to see the progress we are making. You might think that you still have so much to do, and yet, you’ve already come so far. No matter how small the steps are that you take, they are moving you in the right direction. Take time today to be thankful for the small steps you have taken toward your goals.
I am thankful for my emotions.
A life without emotions would be without color. When our emotions run amok, it’s hard to imagine that it wouldn’t be easier without them. But we aren’t meant to not have emotions or not feel them. Instead, it’s the suppression of emotions that gets us into trouble. If you fear anxious or depressed or think it’s not okay to feel those things, that is when your emotions become problematic.
I am thankful anything is possible for me.
Remind yourself that anything is possible for you. Don’t hold yourself back from your dreams because they seem impossible. Don’t change who you want to be out of fear of what other people will think. As long as you are following your heart and your passion, you can’t go wrong. And if the road steers you in a different direction, regroup, and choose a new goal.
Not sure where to head next with your gratitude affirmations practice? Check out these gratitude meditations you can do at home.