Earlier this morning as I was cleaning out a drawer in a bedside table, I came across a small, tattered piece of very thin typing paper. I knew what it was the minute I saw it and carefully unfolded it. My Mom gave it to me years ago and I can't even hazard a guess as to its age because someone gave it to her when she was young. But I treasure it and so would like to pass along its words of wisdom.
A smile costs nothing, but gives 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 he can get along without it, and none is so poor that he can be made rich by it.
A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will 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.
There's no mention of the author's name but it speaks volumes for a troubled world. Later on I found another quote about smiling by Marilyn Monroe who said:
Keep smiling. Because life is a beautiful thing. And there's so much to smile about.