Address was given by Bart Worden for the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester in White Plains, New York on Sunday, August 29, 2021. Ethical Humanism takes a positive approach to life and living. It begins with an appreciation of the inherent qualities of others and ourselves and proceeds with acknowledgment and cultivation of those qualities. Hence the oft-quoted “Golden Rule”: Act so as to elicit the best of others and in so doing elicit the best of oneself as well. It is through the affirmation of the good in others and in ourselves that we develop and grow as ethical beings. An affirmation can be a tricky tool, though. We can become overly attached to affirmations that lead to dysfunction or to living a fantasy that, in the end, does not increase the good in life. This address by Bart Worden explores some of the benefits and risks of affirmations and considers ways to affirm our best ethical qualities.