Have you ever truly experienced the power of positive thinking? I mean, really had a cause and effect situation, where the cause was positive thinking, and the effect was an outcome you were hoping for? If so then you know there is something to be said for having a positive attitude and thinking positively about the things going on in your life. If thinking positively doesn’t come naturally to you, try incorporating these positive affirmations into your daily routine. Spend time each morning reciting these affirmations and see how your outlook on the day changes.

1. I am Fortunate to be Alive

After you lose someone close to you to death, there is a tendency to reflect on mortality and to think about your numbered days here on earth. Instead of focusing on the inevitability of death, focus on how lucky you are to be alive. Remind yourself of this fact every morning and you’ll feel more gratitude toward everything in your life, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant.

2. I Have a Precious Human Life

Those suffering from depression have a tendency to question the value of their life. Self-deprecating thoughts or even thoughts of suicide are common among people who are grieving or suffering from severe depression. It’s necessary to remind yourself that life is both delicate and precious. We each only get one chance at life. Once it’s gone, it’s gone, so take good care of yourself, physically and emotionally.

3. I am Not Going to Waste My Life

Every day you have a choice to make: You can either sit around and wait for something to happen, or you can make something happen. Don’t waste your life waiting for something to happen. Choose to be actively engaged in your life on a daily and even hourly basis, to make sure that you are living the life you want to live.

4. I Love My Life

You know those people who always seem so happy and full of life? You could be that person! The trick to loving life starts with believing that you love your life. Sure there are going to be days when “love” isn’t exactly the word you would use to describe the way you feel about life, but tell yourself that you love your life anyway and soon enough it will be true.

You can create affirmations to help you through any struggle or challenge life throws at you. If you’re suffering in the aftermath of the death of someone close to you, start with these 4 daily affirmations. As you feel yourself pulling through your struggle, develop new affirmations to reflect your new state of being and to help you to achieve your next set of goals.