Positive Thinking Affirmations - 150 Self-Talk Phrases SEL Skills Activity

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Pathway 2 Success
Grade Levels
1st - 12th
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4 pages + digital
Pathway 2 Success
Includes Google Apps™
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Use these 100+ free positive thinking affirmations and self-talk statements to help kids and young adults build confidence, learn healthy coping strategies, and start the day off strong. Positive thinking and self-talk is an important social-emotional learning skill necessary for success. This resource includes a 3-page printable list of positive affirmations and a student worksheet to record individual positive affirmations.

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Some examples of positive self-talk statements:

  • I am enough.
  • My challenges help me grow.
  • Today is going to be my day.
  • Challenge is my middle name.
  • I can make a difference.
  • I am an original.
  • I am building my future.
  • No matter how hard it is, I can do it.
  • I am working on myself.
  • AND many more!

Student Activity

Use this activity to help students understand positive thinking and create their own positive self-talk list. A blank page is included for learners to write out their top 10 favorite self-talk statements.

Students can use their lists to:

  • Read first thing in the morning to start the day off strong.
  • Use to help cope during stress and tough emotions.
  • Read before a test or challenge they are facing.
  • Keep posted in their lockers or in their binders.
  • Create a class bulletin board of positive self-talk.
  • Send home to remember positive self-talk at school and home.

Special education teachers, regular education teachers, and other support professionals can keep the list posted for students who need extra support in dealing with strong emotions. Students can review their lists before stressful events or at the beginning of the day.

More Positive Thinking

{ Positive Thinking Fortune Teller Craft }

Use this paper fortune teller craft to teach and practice positive thinking skills and positive self-talk. Kids and young adults will choose positive affirmations and thoughts and then write them on the paper fortune teller to practice and refer to, as needed. Developing strong positive thinking and self-talk skills can be an effective coping strategy for a number of challenges, including anxiety, anger, depression, and more.

{ Self-Esteem and Positive Thinking Task Cards }

Use these 116 task cards to focus on improving self-esteem, confidence building, and encouraging positive thinking skills. They can be used in small groups, 1:1 for intensive instruction, or even in a whole class to help focus on building a positive community of learners.


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Disclaimer: These resources and materials are for supplementary support/education purposes and not intended as a replacement for counseling, education, or other necessary supports. Educators, parents, counselors, and others who utilize these materials are encouraged to seek out additional support, as needed.


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4 pages + digital
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