Question: "Can positive affirmations change anything?"
Answer: From the Buddhist perspective all we can work on is our own mind. So, a positive attitude will definitely help us deal with the world in more effective and compassionate ways. 2,500 years ago the Buddha said, "The thought manifests as the word; the word manifests as the deed. The deed develops into habit; and habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care, let it spring from love. Born out of concern for all beings....The shadow follows the body and never leaves it. In the same way, as we think, so we become."