The Optimist Creed – Christian Larson

The Optimist Creed has been filed in this website under Inspirational Poems. However, it does not read like a typical poem and probably is not a poem. I really admire this creed for its simplicity and directness about the way we all should aspire to live regardless of religious beliefs.

This poem was written and published by Christian Larson in 1912 and adopted by the Optimist International in 1922 and recited at every meeting. It has been used widely in hospitals to help patients recover from illness and by coaches to motivate players.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and more importantly try to live by it as I try to do each day.

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.

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  1. LaVista Hickok says:

    “In the end we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
    Dr. Martin Luther King

  2. Thank you so much for posting this poem!!! I cherish it greatly!

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