"I like myself"
"My best is good enough"
"I can easily express my emotions"
"I am worthwhile"
"I forgive myself"
"Everything is going to be OK"
"I am proud of myself"
"I am attractive"
As part of my therapy, I was given a list of phrases which I'm supposed to say to myself whenever I'm feeling down. As I understood it, these are supposed to negate the debilitating thoughts which use up the serotonin in my brain.
I've actually done something similar once before. When I left to serve a mission, I was extremely shy making it very difficult to talk to people while out tracting. To help me overcome my shyness, my mission president gave me an assignment. Each morning, the very first thing I was supposed to do was to go to the bathroom, look at myself in the mirror, and then spend two minutes telling myself what a great person I am - loud enough so that my companion could hear me (who was then to report back to my mission president). It felt really stupid, but it actually did help bring me out of my shell.
So, now I'm doing something similar, only it has a fancy name - Cognitive Therapy.
It still feels stupid, and I just can't help thinking about "Daily Affirmations With Stuart Smalley" from Saturday Night Live.