A smile costs nothing but gives so 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 they can get along without it,
And none is so poor that he cannot be made richer 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 it 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.

~Shared at our ‘Healing the Mind’ InterFaith Meeting December 2021

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