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Sharing optimismThis card came to us from John, a passionate optimist who is on a mission to share positivity with all who come to his farmers market produce stand. John has handed out 22,000 copies of The Optimist Creed,” a small card with 10 objectives for living a positive life.  He says people have come back to him with stories of how their life has changed in remarkable ways, and shared a disclaimer that these aren’t for everyone: You need to be prepared to live a great life.

John’s directions: Read these in the morning and in the evening — and more, if you dare.

Here they are, as listed in the picture. See which ones resonate strongly with you.

The Optimist Creed

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 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 criticize others.

To be too large to worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.