The Value of a Smile

My Aunty Christine gave me this lovely message which she received from a friend in her bible study group.


These are my pearly whites from a shoot I did for a newspaper ad for a tile company what feels like a lifetime ago. Β The companies slogan was, “The personal service of our sales consultants, our technical staff and our deliveries, will give you a lot more to smile about”.

A smile is nature’s best antidote for discouragement.
It brings rest to the weary, sunshine to who are sad
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 them have one of yours.

Nobody needs a smile as much
as the person who has none to give.

It really is a beautiful and simple message, one which we are all capable of giving.


38 thoughts on “The Value of a Smile

  1. “You have to be willing to give a smile away before it can do anyone else any good.” So true. I was just noticing the other day how relaxed the face looks when smiling, at ease and lovely. Some are desperate for its kindness.

  2. That’s a beautiful smile and wonderful sentiments. My daughter and I were just in New York City to shop for her bridal gown. After a successful day we celebrated at a little restaurant nearby. The waiter brought us our menus and as polite but looked kind of stressed and tired. I flashed him the Diane smile and it just seemed to perk him up. I don’t know if I really made his day but I hope he was happy to get cheerful customers…and our service was awesome.

    • Ooo, what exciting times Diane – I loved that my mom made my wedding gown and remember how much fun it was looking at patters and designs of dresses and going to bridal stores to try them on before we settled on what I really wanted so mom could buy the pattern. I bet the Diane smile could solves problems of the world and even if you just made your waiter feel better for the time you were there, it was worth it. Have a wonderful day and enjoy the wedding planning. πŸ™‚ xoxo

      • I used to make my daughter’s prom gowns and her skating dresses but when she asked if I’d consider doing her wedding gown I had to draw the line. I had visions of being up the night before her wedding desperately trying to finish – as was the case with some of the prom gowns! One time, the afternoon before her prom I decided to ‘just finish off some seams’ with my serger and I just about died when I felt the fabric go through the cutter with too much resistance. Yup, I cut a chunk right in the middle of the front of her gown! Ran to the fabric store and had to replace the entire front of the dress. But we had a blast shopping and eating.

        • I have no idea how my mother does it Diane. She was born to sew. She used to make herself a new outfit every Friday after work to go out on a date with my dad! Remarkable! Ek, think I would have been a bundle of nerves if I was you – good thing you could fix it all with more fabric. Think I would just have phoned my mom and ask her to fix it for me and see, there is always the silver lining – having a blast shopping and eating. πŸ™‚ xoxo

  3. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ !!!
    So right. And yes, I can’t help smiling as I read it or type my response. A good reminder of how effortless and yet powerful the smile is.
    Sending you big, happy grins! And lots of love!

  4. When I see your new post notifications in my inbox, I get my smile on. Actually…. Im smiling right now as I write you. Its the best having mates all over the world. Thanks lovely one, Im grateful for your friendship and can’t wait to share smiles and laughs in the flesh. Hugs across the oceans. xox

    • Oh Anna, isn’t it going to be a wonderful day! Can’t wait to hear when you have finalised all your travel plans so I can start counting them sleeps! Have a beautiful day dear friend. πŸ™‚ xoxoxo

    • Isn’t it amazing how you can see if a smile is genuine or not. Aww thanks Tanya – not sure if the old pearly whites are still in such good nick. Have a beautiful weekend. πŸ™‚ xo

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