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The Value of a Smile

With the prices of everything on the rise, one thing remains both free and priceless...

The Value of a Smile

  • It cost 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 they can get along without it and none are so poor but are richer for its benefits.
  • It creates happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in business, and is the counter sign of friends.
  • It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and nature's best antidote for trouble.
  • 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 rush of life some should be too tired to give you a smile, may we ask you to leave one of yours? For nobody needs to smile so much as those who have none left to give!
Excerpt from How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
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