The Optimist’s Creed


  • 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.

This was originally published in 1912 in a book titled Your Forces and How to Use Them, by Christian D. Larson and came my way today via an emailed Thought For The Day from the ever optimistic “Chief Morale Officer” Kirk Weisler. As Kirk said “Learn the creed, live the creed, love the creed…. lead the creed!”. I think I might turn this into a poster and stick it on my office wall where I will see it every day!

Today was a good day, despite some of the worst weather we’ve had in Melbourne for quite some time. A couple of important things at work went better than expected, and some things were completed. Hope yours was good too!


9 Responses to “The Optimist’s Creed”

  1. Pippa * Jeanne Says:

    Wow. I really like it! In fact, I think I’m gonna nick it for a poster or post or brain tattoo…

  2. Carla Says:

    I LOVE that! I have been a bit negative about some things lately… so this is a great reminder!!!

  3. oldgirlnewtricks Says:

    What good principles to live by. I love it.

  4. Diane Fit to the Finish Says:

    Great reminder to be positive!

  5. Marion Says:

    Great post! I do some of these things much better than others.

    🙂 Marion

  6. Karen@WaistingTime Says:

    So, just yesterday we were talking about Melbourne! My son is at college in California and is pledging a fraternity and one of the other kids pledging is an exchange student from your fair city. And our niece (and her husband) are there for 3 years while she gets her PhD so we may actually make it there sometime! Now my teen wants to go with us:)

  7. Kath (My Funny Little Life) Says:

    Great list!

  8. sassydrcil Says:

    Excellent. Might have to borrow it for my blog

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