Optimism and a Life Well-Lived
One of the ways you can show up every day, being and doing your best is by having an attitude of optimism. When you show up for your life with an optimistic mindset, you begin building a life of abundance, peace, and fulfillment. Choosing to see yourself and the world on the bright side, with a heart that is "more than half full," is actually excellent for your physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being.
Being an optimist is not a trait that you are simply lucky to be born with (though it is partially inheritable). It is not made by having a lot of money or good looks. It’s made the old fashioned way—by living it and building it! Optimism is much more than skipping through life with rose-colored glasses. It is a learned skill and tool that we can use to navigate life, build resiliency, and bounce back when circumstances take us out of our comfort zone. Optimists approach life with a sense of possibility and positivity. When you begin living and building optimism, interesting things occur. For example, a review of over 80 scientific studies measuring the impact of optimism on physical health concluded that when it comes to overall longevity, disease survival rates, heart health, immunity, cancer outcomes, pregnancy outcomes, and pain tolerance, optimists had better outcomes across the board compared to pessimists. Optimists don’t just live longer, they have better marriages and make more money than pessimists.
When you show up for your life with an optimistic mindset it seems as though the entire Universe is rooting for your success. Who doesn’t want that? Well, maybe pessimists don’t.
Christian D. Larson was a pioneer in the New Thought movement during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was a prolific writer, philosopher, and speaker. One of his books, “Your Forces and How to Use Them” (1912) contains a powerful lesson that Optimist Clubs around the globe have adopted as their mission, aka the “Optimist Creed.” Larson called this simply, “Promise Yourself” and it goes like this:
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 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.
We encourage you to read this daily as a way to embrace your day with optimism. We also recommend that you consider that as you read this, you convert Larson’s words to 1st person – in front of a mirror. For example: “I promise myself to be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind. To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person I meet…”
We've included some affirmations for the month of March - but feel free to read them aloud any day of the year. You can use the affirmations as a prompt for daily meditation and/or journaling.
MARCH DAILY OPTIMISM AFFIRMATIONS
Note: Days 1 through 12 come from “Promise Yourself” by Christian D. Larson
March 1: I am so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.
March 2: I talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person I meet.
March 3: I make all my friends feel that there is something in them.
March 4: I look at the sunny side of everything and make my optimism come true.
March 5: I think only of the best, work only for the best and expect only the best.
March 6: I am just as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.
March 7: I forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
March 8: I wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature I meet a smile.
March 9: I give so much time to the improvement of myself that I have no time to criticize others.
March 10: I am too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
March 11: I think well of myself and I proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word, but in great deeds.
March 12: I live in the faith that the whole world is on my side, so long as I am true to the best that is in me.
March 13: I am aware of my words and I send positive messages to people around me through my communication.
March 14: I picture my best version of myself – physically, emotionally, professionally and personally and make decisions and choices that reflect this ideal vision of myself.
March 15: I express myself creatively, step outside the box, and allow my gifts and talents to shine.
March 16: I believe the Universe is conspiring in my favor – I am an inverse paranoid.
March 17: I stay positive and present by focusing on the present and what I am doing today.
March 18: Being optimistic is one of the top priorities in my life, and I practice this feeling every day.
March 19: Every day my mood is lighter and brighter.
March 20: My quality of life has never been better as I choose to embrace each day with optimistic enthusiasm.
March 21: My inner atmosphere creates my outer weather. Today I’m choosing sunshine, clear skies, a mild breeze and 75 degrees.
March 22: I look for the good and find humor in the most unexpected and even challenging situations.
March 23: I see challenges as opportunities to grow my optimism from a place of deep trust and knowing that all is well in my world.
March 24: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” ~ Helen Keller
March 25: I choose how I respond to every form of communication coming at me. Whether in person, through email, social media, or the television, I feed my heart first and surround myself with those sources that fuel possibility and positivity.
March 26: I embrace the day knowing that all the good I have to give is needed right now. My work has meaning and purpose and I love my life.
March 27: I surround myself with positive people because it keeps me uplifted and optimistic and feels a lot better than the alternative.
March 28: I own my day with powerful optimism, enthusiasm, and joy.
March 29: I dwell on the positive, expect the best, and spread optimism wherever I go.
March 30: “Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many. Not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” ~ Charles Dickens
March 31: I have a big vision for my life. I am delusionally optimistic that I can accomplish and achieve everything and anything I believe.