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Positive Affirmations to Add to Your Daily Rotation

Positive Affirmations to Add to Your Daily Rotation
Positive Affirmations to Add to Your Daily Rotation

There’s value in patting yourself (and your friends) on the back. Studies show that doing so not only combats stress, but also, using uplifting language can boost your overall health. That’s why reciting (or journaling) daily positive affirmations can turn your disposition a bit brighter. Our list of hopeful quotes includes the wise words of beloved authors such as Toni Morrison, Elizabeth Gilbert, Maya Angelou, and of course, Oprah. So, before those negative thoughts creep in, consider giving these a read.

Roald Dahl

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely,” wrote the renowned children’s author in his book The Twits.

Michelle Obama

“Am I good enough? Yes I am,” wrote former first lady Michelle Obama in her New York Times bestselling memoir Becoming.

Fred Rogers

“Who you are inside is what helps you make and do everything in life,” wrote the beloved PBS series host in his book The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember.

Oprah Winfrey

In the March 2010 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, Lady O wrote, “Good riddance to decisions that don’t support self-care, self-value, and self-worth.”

Mindy Kaling

In a 2018 commencement speech at Dartmouth, the writer, comedian and actress said, “I’m giving you permission to root for yourself and while you’re at it root for those around you, too.”

J.K. Rowling

“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already,” said the Harry Potter series author in a 2008 commencement speech at Harvard.

Muhammad Ali

The American boxing champion posted on Twitter, “I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was.”

Jenny Han

“I say looking on the bright side of life never killed anybody,” wrote the New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Sonia Sotomayor

“I have never ever focused on the negative of things. I always look at the positive,” said Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor in an interview with NPR.

Martin Luther King Jr.

In Martin Luther King: In My Own Words, the Nobel Prize laureate and civil rights activist wrote, “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

Audre Lord

“I am deliberate and afraid of nothing,” wrote the prominent American poet and activist in The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde.

Glenn Close

“Your perspective is unique. It’s important and it counts,” said the Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe award-winning actress in her 2019 William & Mary commencement speech.

Toni Morrison

“Your life is already a miracle of chance waiting for you to shape its destiny,” Morrison told Rutgers University graduates during a 2011 commencement speech.

Paulo Coelho

“If you really think small, your world will be small. If you think big, your world will be big,” Coelho told Oprah during a 2017 SuperSoul Conversations interview.

Elizabeth Gilbert

“Embrace the glorious mess that you are,” Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love wrote in Big Magic.

Eckhart Tolle

“The ultimate truth of who you are is not I am this or I am that, but I Am,” Tolle writes in his 2008 book, A New Earth, which made it onto Oprah’s Book Club.

Maya Angelou

“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within,” the revered author and poet said.

Cleo Wade

“Gratitude is a celebration we are all invited to,” Wade wrote in Heart Talk.

Joseph Campbell

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us,” Campbell said.

Tim Storey

“Your life is about to be incredible,” Storey told Oprah during a 2018 SuperSoul Conversations interview.

Tim Storey

“Your life is about to be incredible,” Storey told Oprah during a 2018 SuperSoul Conversations interview.

Audrey Hepburn

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible!’,” Hepburn said.

Eleanor Roosevelt

“You must do the things you think you cannot do,” Roosevelt said, according to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

“The perfect moment is this one,” Kabat-Zinn, author of Mindfulness, said.


“The only courage you ever need is the courage to fulfill the dreams of your own life,” Oprah said in a 2013 episode of Oprah’s Lifeclass.

Tony Robbins

“The past does not equal the future unless you live there,” Robbins said in The Power to Shape Your Destiny.

Nicholas Sparks

“The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it,” Sparks wrote in At First Sight.

Marian Wright Edelman

“Failure is just another way to learn how to do something right,” Wright Edelman said.

Maya Angelou

“Your crown has been bought and paid for. Put it on your head and wear it,” Angelou said the Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient.


“Everything passes if you learn to hold things lightly,” Oprah said in June 2018.

Ernest Hemingway

“Every day above earth is a good day,” Hemingway wrote in The Old Man and the Sea.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year,” wrote in “Works and Days.”

Deepak Chopra

“The secret of attraction is to love yourself,” Chopra said.

Anne Gilchrist

“Hold up your head! You were not made for failure, you were made for victory,” Gilchrist wrote.

William Shakespeare

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so,” Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet.

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