The Optimist Creed
The Optimist's Creed
Christian D. Larson understood the metaphysical and psychological dimensions of grateful living which he referred to as "an attitude of gratitude." He reasoned that "affirmative thought sets in motion unseen forces, both spiritual and psychical, and aids in manifesting our desires."
Larson wrote "Our destiny is not mapped out for us by some exterior power; we map it out for ourselves. What we think and do in the present determines what shall happen to us in the future."
Many people have found inspiration in The Optimist Creed. Written by Larson more than 100 years ago, "The Optimist Creed" appeared in his book Your Forces and How to Use Them. Today, Larson is known worldwide for this powerful meditation.
Your Forces and How to Use Them - Book by Christian D. Larson
This Is the most often purchased item from this page. With this guide to self-improvement, Larson "challenges readers to use thought as a transformational force in order to become"greater and richer and more worthy as individuals."
We are here to become great men and women, and with that purpose in view, we must eliminate everything in our religion and philosophy that tends to make the human mind a dependent weakling. If you would serve God and be truly religious, do not kneel before God, but learn to walk with God, and do something tangible every day to increase the happiness of mankind. This is religion that is worth while, and it is such religion alone that can please the Infinite. ~Your Forces and How to Use, p. 184-5
The Optimist's Creed by Christian D. Larson
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 new collection of Larson's best books by Tarcher should be on the shelf of every preacher, teacher, small-group leader and writer who cares about contemporary spirituality and comparative religion." ~David Crumm
"Larson's books are available in many formats these days. But, this handy one-volume collection by Tarcher makes for smooth reading in a handy, contemporary edition. Plus, Tarcher's editors have sifted through Larson's dozens of books to find the handful that stand the test of time." ~David Crumm
The Optimist Creed (Tarcher Success Classics)
This book is an anthology of Larson’s foundational writings. The Optimist Creed features complete editions of Larson’s most deeply affecting works.
This book includes:
The Pathway of Roses
Your Forces and How to Use Them
Mastery of Self; The Ideal Made Real
Just Be Glad
Attitue of Gratitude
"Why should we read Larson today, out of all the now-forgotten pioneers in inspirational writing and positive-thinking advice? Because Larson was a genius for writing practical prose, pitched for general readers. He had a talent for turning phrases. A century before Oprah, Larson was writing about "attitude of gratitude." A century before Eckhart Tolle, Larson was writing about "Christ consciousness." ~David Crumm
Christian D. Larson
Meet the Original `Attitude of Gratitude' Author
In the early 20th century Larson, the son of Norwegian immigrants, was a popular New Thought and inspirational writer and speaker, producing more than 40 books including several important works of spiritual science, Mastery of Self, In the Light of the Spirit, and The Great Within. A pioneer of motivational thought, Larson showed an amazing grasp of the life-changing power of gratitude and optimism. His writings influenced such famous people as Ernest Holmes and Norman Vincent Peale.
- Christian D. Larson Home Page
Self-Improvement-eBooks.com-Christian D. Larson Influential earlyNew Thought leader "Follow the light of the spirit in all things and
- Christian D. Larson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Christian D. Larson (1874 - ???) was a New Thought leader and teacher, as well as a prolific author of metaphysical and New Thought books. He is credited by Horatio Dresser as being a founder in the New
"Our destiny is not mapped out for us by some exterior power; we map it out for ourselves. What we think and do in the present determines what shall happen to us in the future."
~~Christian D. Larson
The Optimist International
Your Forces and How to Use Them was adopted as Optimist International's creed in 1922.
- Welcome to Optimist International
What is Optimist International? Optimist International is an association of more than 2,900 Optimist Clubs around the world
Optimism: An Essay - Helen Keller
"A prolific author, Keller was well traveled and was outspoken in her opposition to war. She campaigned for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and socialism, as well as many other progressive causes. " Amazon Review