Optimist International is a volunteer group that started in 1919 and is dedicated to “bringing out the best in kids.”

I stumbled upon their creed a couple of weeks ago and thought that I would share it here as it is a set of principles that are worth thinking about.

So, here is the Creed of the Optimist:

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 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 countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile,
  • To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticise others,
  • To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

I especially like the third, sixth and ninth promises, but they are all worth considering.

Which of these principles do you think you would benefit most from incorporating into your life?

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