Several weeks ago, one of my little guys asked me why my mouth was "like this" and showed me a very deep frown. I knew I'd been feeling down but didn't realize it was showing so much! I guess I don't hide things as well as I think I do. Anyway, I've been reading Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People". This is a revised 70th anniversary edition. I'd always heard of this book, but had never read it. I have to tell you, I didn't expect to like it as much as I have. Anyway, there is a whole chapter on smiling that includes this poem that a New York department store ran in their Christmas ads one year. Truth of the matter is, this is true year round!
The Value of a Smile at Christmas
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 that they can get along without it, and none so poor but are richer for its benefits.
It creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in a business, and is the countersign for 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 anybody till it is given away.
And if in the last minute rush of Christmas buying some of our salespeople 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.