There’s plenty of evidence that staying positive and choosing to travel on the sunny side of the street can have a lasting impact on our health, our ability to bounce back from setbacks, and even on our longevity.
The Optimist Creed was authored in 1912 by Chistian D. Larson and appeared in his book Your Forces and How to Use Them. It was adopted as Optimist International’s creed in 1922. It’s been used by healthcare givers to motivate their patients and by coaches to motivate their athletes. Let’s use it to motivate ourselves as writers:
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.
What simple, powerful words! Let’s take them to heart as we all write on!
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