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The Joy Of A Smile.

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Being a cheerful person by nature, I find that giving people a welcoming smile when we meet just comes naturally along with my wicked sense of humour, which is not always appreciated by some of the people I meet whilst walking my dog early on a morning.

I came across the following words in a library book recently, with no indication who had written them, but for me they seem to capture exactly the magic of a smile.

A smile is something that costs nothing to give, but creates much in return.
It enriches all those who receive it, without impoverishing those who gave it.

Although it happens in a flash, the memory of it can sometimes last forever.
None are so rich they can afford to get along without it.
None are so poor that they donít need it, but both are richer by its benefits.

It creates happiness in the home and fosters goodwill in business.
It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged and sunshine to the sad and bereaved.
It cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen and it is no earthly use to anyone, until given away.

Those who have none left to give are the ones who really need it most.
It is in fact a priceless treasure that costs nothing to give.
So itís something we can all be really generous with.

And so I will leave you with a final thought for today;-

Whilst young people look forward in their lives, the old look back, but the middle-aged look decidedly worried.

Remember! Worry is like a rocking chair... it gives you something to do...but it doesnít get you anywhere.

Published Fri 13th Feb 2015 13:26:20

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