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Inspiration Prompt – The Value Of A Smile

October 26th, 2009 by Avital
The Value Of A Smile
[Photo by: Jimmy Davao]

I am a strong advocate for the value of smiling. Smiling can get all the bad and the wrong and the sad go away – either momentarily or permanently.

Every time you get to the fork in the road where you must choose to either smile or frown, I encourage you to choose the smiley road.

No matter what would pop up along the road, it would look much better and much less scarier than if it was seen on the grumpy road.

This week I had the pleasure to come across a quote by Dale Carnegie, a person I much appreciate:

A smile is nature’s best antidote for discouragement.
It brings rest to the weary,
Sunshine to those who are frowning,
And hope to those who are hopeless and defeated.
A smile is so valuable that it can’t be bought,
Begged, borrowed, or taken away against your will.
You have to be willing to give a smile away
Before it can do anyone else any good.
So if someone is too tired or grumpy to flash you a smile,
Let him have one of yours anyway.
Nobody needs a smile as much
As the person who has none to give.

I love this quote. (Clearly) I couldn’t have said it better… So go ahead and smile!


Do you feel you have the power to choose whether to smile or frown? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. I’d love to hear what you are thinking – and I almost always reply 🙂

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4 Comments to “Inspiration Prompt – The Value Of A Smile”

  1. Virginia L. says:

    AWESOME post! It’s wonderful to be reminded how a smile can make a world of difference(to give or to receive). I will share this with people I love. Thanks, Avital!!

    • Avital says:

      Thank you so much, Virginia. Sharing it with the people you love is for me the ultimate compliment. Thanks for your kindness! You’ve made me smile today!

  2. Wonderful post indeed Avital!
    I’m lucky enough to have a family who naturally smile a lot.
    Choosing to smile especially in times of hardship can be incredibly healing for oneself as well as for others.
    Thanks for the reminder!