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The Optimist Creed: Words to live by

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on February 27, 2008

The Optimist Creed was first published by Christian Larson in 1912 and adopted (in a shortened version) by Optimist International in 1922.

The Optimist Creed and the  Serenity Prayer have offered encourage to many (myself included) in times of need, sorrow and stress.  I hope it encourages you and that you’ll copy it and read it often, even out loud.  Here you go.

The Optimist Creed

Promise Yourself…

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature you meet.

To give so much time to improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word, but in great deeds.

To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side, so long as you are true to the best that is in you.


4 Responses to “The Optimist Creed: Words to live by”

  1. Roy said

    Optimist Creed by Christian Larson is great affirmations.

    If anyone want the PDF version of it, it’s available at Your Guidance

    The Optimist Creed is nice to have it printed and pasted it on the wall.

  2. Mark Ayers said

    great words to live by. I found Christian D Larson in one of his books many years ago. he is one of my top authors. I refer people to these words of his and use this in my life



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