With exams looming, SPA students are striving to do as well as possible, whether that means cramming, searching for four-leafed clovers, or just trying to get a bit more sleep each night than usual. But most are overlooking a simple habit that has been linked to better problem-solving: self-affirmations. A study by personnel from Carnegie Mellon University, UCLA, the National Cancer Institute, the University of Sheffield, and the University of Pittsburgh found that when chronically stressed people practice self-affirmations, they get better at problem-solving. Cool, right?

According to Dr. Carmen Harra by way of the Huffington Post Life blog, “When we verbally affirm our dreams and ambitions, we are instantly empowered with a deep sense of reassurance that our wishful words will become reality.”

Want to give self-affirmations a try?

Dr. Harra also provided a list of possible affirmations, including but not limited to:

“My ability to conquer my challenges is limitless; my potential to succeed is infinite.”

“My future is an ideal projection of what I envision now.”

“I have been given endless talents which I begin to utilize today.”

“My life is just beginning.”


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