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The Value Of A Smile

Updated on June 16, 2011

When Is The Last Time You Smiled ?

Can you remember the last time you smiled? What caused you to smile from ear to ear? Do you know of anyone that is always smiling and wonder to yourself what causes them to smile so much? There are many people that are just plain ole happy people, although I haven't found many that I know in my life so far.

When everything going on in our world and our economy, it's kind of hard to break a smile, although there are those that can manage to do so each and everyday.

So many people have lost their jobs and are on the verge of losing their homes due to no income coming in to support their bills and everything we need to live our everyday lives.

Tell me how these people could ever smile facing foreclosure and looking for work that is just not out there to get. Companies laying off people weather temporary of permanent, what ever the case may be, they still have no job including now my wife. Not something to smile about right, but I want to share with all of you something I found in my garage while cleaning out and getting ready to move to my new home by the sea. What I found was in my Father's paperwork that he had held on to for many years and the reason I know this was because of the condition of the paper in which it was written on.

The Value Of A Smile

It costs nothing, but creates much. It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give. It happens in a flash, but 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 it's benefits.

It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and nature's best antidote for trouble. Yet, it can not be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen, for it is something that is no earthy good to anybody till it is given away.

If you meet someone who is too tired or discouraged to give you a smile, please give one of yours. For nobody needs a smile so much as those who have none left to give.



So, the way I see it is that even on your worse day or your darkest moment try to take time out to smile. as hard as it might seem to do. I do believe having a smile at least once or possibly more in your day will make you feel great and if you have that smile on your face you are smiling inside even for only a minute.

I am going to try my hardest to get a smile out of myself many times a day from now on and when I try to make myself smile I can see just how a brief smile can make one happy, including myself.

Smiling really works and just might rub off on those that haven't smiled in a very long time. Think of your past of something that happened that was funny and re-run that moment in time and see how that funny thing from your past will bring out the smile in you.


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    • the clean life profile image

      Mark Bruno 6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Danette, thank you for your comment and I am with you. I have that problem of not smiling enough. Like I said it cost nothing, so why don't we use it more often right?

      God Bless :)

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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      Beautiful sentiments behind this hub. I can honestly say that I don't smile nearly as often as I should/would like to. Too often I feel burdened and worried. However, when I do have a day when I'm happier and smile more, it definitely does make a difference.

      Voted up and beautiful

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      annmackiemiller 6 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

      now that made me smile - voted up awesome and beautiful

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      careconservation 6 years ago from Global

      A "feel good" article that we can certainly appreciate and enjoy right now :o)

      A lovely hub indeed!


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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      I believe in smiles! They make you and those around you feel good. Besides that, smiling is healthy, too! I'm smiling at you now!

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      My Stories 6 years ago

      I loved your hub! I smile often. I can remember reading "Smile and see what happens." I notice when I smile at people, they smile back. Well most of the time. It feels good to smile. There have been times when I didn't smile and someone would tell me to smile.

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      I believe that you found that beautiful essay about the value of a smile during these tough economic times because it is an important reminder to you and to those who read it in this hub that no matter how tough things get one can still smile and raise everyone's happiness level a bit, including their own.

      I assume you're keeping that yellowed piece of paper. It seems like a beautiful keepsake from your Dad, something of real value to pass down through the generations.

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      Mark Bruno 6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Phil, thanks for commenting and you are right, our world would certainly be happier if we learned to smile more often. Thanks for telling me the error in hub. Will get that fixed right away!

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Also vote up and awesome. Not enough people in the world have the attitude that supports a beaming smile. Definitely our world would be tremendously improved if more people smiled more often. BTW, "losing their homes do to no income..." should be "losing their homes due to no income..."

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks. :) I appreciate it. (((Hugs to you)))

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      Mark Bruno 6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Denise, I finally got to reply right away instead of a day Thanks Denise and I do see you smiling all the way up here in NJ. I wish you all the luck in the world with your search and for your interview Friday :):) Stay Positive and positive results will happen, I just feel it for you :)

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Beautiful words, Marky. Great advice. Look: I'm smiling at you right now, LOL :) Voted up / awesome.