Why You Really Need To Smile

The Importance of a Smile

It is some years ago now that I came across the words attributed to the Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch.

"A SMILE costs nothing, but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor but that he can be made rich by it. A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in business, and is the countersign of friendship. It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and is nature's best antidote for trouble. Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give ."


 Everyone smiles in the same language

I Love Your Smile

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A smile confuses an approaching frown.

When I first read this statement it gave cause to think and think again. It is all so true and yet being common sense it is something we don't usually think twice about. But I did.

I remembered smiles I had been given years and years before. People I saw once and once only and yet they lightened and brightened my day.

I will be the first to admit that I don't always smile first....but I try to when I remember. I never ignore a smile though. If one is given. I give back.

Smiling Moon

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 Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it

It is not always easy. Sometimes one is feeling down or like me you don't have the best looking teeth around. It takes no effort though. A brief rearrangement of your face and someone else will have a better day,

Whilst I have been on the road I have found that smiling is one of the best ways to meet people. No effort involved and you have a new friend. Maybe for five minutes. Perhaps for life.

It was smiles which introduced me to the two most important people in my life right now...my 'wives'. It would have been so easy to look away or not to return a smile and my life would have been lacking because of it,


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Every day you spend without a smile, is a lost day

I was surprised to learn in my travels that not everyone smiles easily. It is a cultural thing and some people are more inclined to "smile on the inside".

A plane ride from Bangkok to Singapore can actually give one a cultural shock. Not the cleanliness, modernity and conservatism of Singapore but just because the people do not smile easily whereas most of Thailand is truly 'The Land of Smiles."

Not to be outdone...I give more smiles in Singapore.

Go on...make someones day...GIVE THEM A SMILE! ;-)


Smiling is infectious, You can catch it like the flu. Someone smiled at me today, And I started smiling too.

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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

I could never agree more, and I've proven it myself that when you smile, the wold smiles back at you! Thanks for sharing :D

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Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia Author

Thanks Cris...it is a funny old world.

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