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The Optimist Creed

Updated on June 11, 2017

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

Promise Yourself

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.

"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

The Optimist Creed (Tarcher Success Classics)
The Optimist Creed (Tarcher Success Classics)

"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.

"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.

Optimism: An Essay - Helen Keller

Optimism: An Essay
Optimism: An Essay

"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


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      patinkc 4 years ago from Midwest

      @Joebeducci: I agree!

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      Joebeducci 4 years ago

      I agree that's the way to live, why won't we be optimistic in such a short life.. Greets, Joebeducci

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Wonderful words to live by.

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      patinkc 6 years ago from Midwest

      @anonymous: Eric, I appreciate your visit!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @DreamsBloom: See more at our web site

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      DreamsBloom 6 years ago

      Very awesome! I've enjoyed reading many of the self-improvement stuff from this era, but haven't read this one. Thanks for sharing it. :)

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      siobhanryan 6 years ago

      Never heard of the creed before now-it is powerful. I like your profile photo-you seem serene and happy. Love the dog too.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Beautiful lens. I already feel more optimistic. Just what i needed... Thanks!

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      TapIn2U 6 years ago

      How inspiring! Sundae ;-)

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      Bercton1 6 years ago

      Powerful lens! very motivating! thanks for sharing!

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      Very nice!! :)

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Great, something that anyone can benefit from. Thanks for sharing. Stay well, Rose

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      How wonderfully encouraging!

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      SerenityPrayerG 6 years ago

      Lovely! :-)

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      mattseefood lm 7 years ago

      In optimism, even if you fail, you have no place to go but up :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Aha! I used to have a copy of this and misplaced it. I really missed it! Thank you for returning this to my life. Now let us share it with others. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hi, I'm Mr. Larson's grandson. I'm building a new website in celebration of 100 years of the timeless wisdom of his writings... check it out.

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      Othercatt 7 years ago

      I'm a true optimist. I believe there is good in every situation, even though it sometimes takes a while to find.

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      MarleMac 7 years ago from South Africa

      I'm glad I found your lens...It's a great creed!I added photos to it and use it on my About page on my's been a real inspiration to me every day... a profound day and a thumbs up to your creativity!

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      DongMei 7 years ago

      I hadn't heard of The Optimist Creed before but Christian D. Larson certainly had an amazing mind.

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      patinkc 7 years ago from Midwest

      @Michey LM: So true!

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      hi! great!. I am an eternal optimist, and my theory is:If you strive and hope for 100%... and you get 20%, this it is a great accomplishment because...If you have NO hope, and don't even try... nobody will give you as a present 20% of something...All the best Michey

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      patinkc 7 years ago from Midwest

      @Nightowl John: John, thank you for the Angel blessing!!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      The mind is a very powerful thing

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      Nightowl John 7 years ago

      Thanks for this great lens on the Optimist Creed. Squid Angel blessed.

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      patinkc 7 years ago from Midwest

      @anonymous: 2muchtrash, thanks for visiting.

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      patinkc 7 years ago from Midwest

      @poutine: Thank you, poutine.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Definitely words we can all try to live by. Thanks!

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      patinkc 7 years ago from Midwest

      @flowski lm: Flowski, thanks for saying hello!

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      flowski lm 7 years ago

      Words to live by, thanks for the inspiration.

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      Constellator 7 years ago

      I never of this before. Thanks.

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      patinkc 7 years ago from Midwest

      @anonymous: You're welcome, JD!

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      patinkc 7 years ago from Midwest

      @Joan4: Thanks Joan, I lensrolled you back! :-)

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Yes, yes! We all need to read the Optimist Creed every single day. Lensrolling to the Optimist Club of Rock Hill.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I think the Optimist Creed is great. I just can't believe that I'd never heard of it before reading this lens. Thanks for sharing this, Pat!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I really do like this creed and need to read it everyday!

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      This is SUCH a worthwhile credo to sustain each and every one of us in our daily lives!


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