The simple power of a smile

A smile is a truly wonderful thing. It is the best make up for your face, easy to wear, suits all face shapes and sizes, and you never need to worry about forgetting it somewhere.

When you’re happy, a smile sings the message to the world. When you’re feeling low, wearing a smile can warm you right up slowly but surely from your core all the way to the extremities.

When you smile at someone, others respond to it subconsciously and the feel good effect enhances. Sometimes, there is nothing more magical than sharing a quiet smile with a complete stranger knowing that no words will ever be exchanged.

Consider this lovely passage:

“It costs nothing, but creates much. It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give. It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None are so rich they can get along without it and none so poor but are richer for its benefits.

It creates happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in a business, and is the countersign of friends. It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and nature’s best antidote for trouble.

Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen, for it is something that is no earthly good to anyone ’til it is given away. And if in the hurly-burly bustle of today’s business world, some of the people you meet should be too tired to give you a smile, may we ask you to leave one of yours?

For nobody needs a smile so much as those who have none left to give.”

The Simple but Powerful Act of Smiling |

+ The article claims those lovely words were written by Dale Carnegie. Others say it might be from somewhere else as seen here (love the newspaper ads from 1927!) but either way, it definitely made me smile.

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