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Smile – Daily Blog #75

Right now I’m about halfway through my second reading of How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie. I picked it up for the first time a couple of years ago and loved it. Second time through and I’m possibly loving it even more.

This is the first time I’ve re-read a book, usually relying on my little black book to recall the main points. But knowing me the chances are high that I missed a few things the first time through. Life does go on after all, and with each new experience we will process and absorb information differently.

I figure that after two years I might just learn something new from this book that I didn’t pick up on fully the first time around.

Or maybe I won’t; but that’s not the end of the world, either.

Anyway. All I wanted to do today is to share a passage from the book. It’s one of my favourites, mainly because it’s so simple to understand and easy to implement. A little back story – Carnegie took this extract from a notice that was posted in some shopping mall during the Christmas period, although didn’t say where. A little googling tells me it’s the work of Frank Irving Fletcher in an advertisement for Oppenheim, Collins & Company.

The Value of a Smile at Christmas. It costs 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 so poor but are richer for its benefits.

It creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in a business, and is the countersign of friends.

It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and Nature’s best antidote for trouble.

Yet 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 last-minute rush of Christmas buying some of our salespeople should be too tired to give you a smile, may we ask you to leave one of yours?

For nobody needs a smile so much as those who have none left to give!

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