In 1912 Larson developed the Optimist Creed, which in 1922, was adopted by Optimist International, better known as the Optimist Clubs. Christian D. Larson was an important leader in the New Thought movement. His early influence on Ernest Holmes, Norman Vincent Peale, and numerous other self-help and inspirational writers influenced much of the New Thought movement as a whole.
Nearly 100 years after they were first published, many of Larson’s books still remain popular and in print today. In hospitals, the creed has been used to help patients recover from illness. In locker rooms, coaches have used it to motivate their players.
The Optimist Creed
By Christian D. Larson 1912
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
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
words, 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.