The Last Smile

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Last Smile

“If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it.”

Andy Rooney

At the end of the day, we are left with our reflections and memories.  May the last thought you have bring a smile to your face, and lightness to your sleep.  For tomorrow, dawns a new adventure.

“Better by far you should forget and smile that you should remember and be sad.”

Christina Rossetti

The Most Famous Smile

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The Smile

There was a huge crowd, but I managed to get a photograph of the most famous smile in the world.  But the lesson I learned that day occurred when I looked back into the crowd.  There was not a smile on any face. It is a serious business looking at the perfect smile.

“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.  ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles until death.”

Leonardo da Vinci

Kindred Spirits

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Kindred Spirits

“I’m glad we had the times together just to laugh and sing a song, seems like we just got started and then before you know it, the times we had together were gone.” 
 Dr. Seuss

Life is a series of moments that carry us from day-to-day.   Those moments are given meaning and purpose through connections that we meet on our travels.  Our families and friends, even passing acquaintances give breath to our existence.

A smile is a valuable gift to those who we count kindred spirits.

“They might not need me; but they might.  I’ll let my head be just in sight; a smile as small as mine might be precisely their necessity.”

Emily Dickenson

Sometimes it’s not easy …

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Bold Step

“Joy’s smile is much closer to tears than laughter.”

Victor Hugo

It’s not easy to smile when you’re in the midst of a difficult situation.  It’s not easy to smile when you see someone is hurting.  It’s not easy to smile when you encounter injustice and inequality.  It’s not easy to smile when you feel powerless, hungry and without hope.

It is not easy, but it is a bold step forward.

And the smile that is worth the praises of earth is the smile that shines through tears.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Poet

 

Power of a Smile

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You are you and that is true, there’s no one in the world who’s you-er than you.” 
Dr. Seuss

The research on smiling is extensive and far-reaching.   Our dear friend, Charles Darwin, when he was not writing “The Origin of the Species” came up with the Facial Feedback Response Theory that argues smiling makes you feel better.  This is opposite to conventional wisdom which states that when you feel great, you smile.

Jeanne Calment, the French super-centenarian, who holds the title for living the longest – 122 years, 164 days, said “Always keep your smile.  That’s how I explain my long life.”  It seems the data supports her claim.  Studies suggest that the span of a smile has predictive value on determining the span of a lifetime. Ultrasounds demonstrate that babies smile even in the womb.  It seems that smiles can determine how long a marriage will last.  Best of all, researchers have found that when one person smiles, it compels another person to smile back.  It is difficult to frown if someone is smiling at you.

Somehow, I think we already knew that a smile had the power to make our lives remarkable.

“If by chance some day you’re not feeling well and your should remember some silly thing I’ve said or done and it brings back a smile to your face or a chuckle to your heart, then my purpose as your clown has been fulfilled.”

Red Skelton

Smiling Begins with Children

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Children

“Why are they sad and glad and bad? I do not know, go ask your dad.” 
Dr. Seuss

Shinichi Suzuki, violinist, educator and humanitarian said that “Children learn to smile from their parents.”  Even so, whenever I think of a perfect smile, I remember when my baby boy smiled at me for the first time.  It was pure, without any artifice and it was all for me.

Gena Lee Nolin, actress and model, said, “My children are the reason I laugh, smile and want to get up every morning.”

Smiles begin in homes, around the dinner or computer table, sharing a pizza or working on a math equation. Children deserve our very best smiles.

“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don’t be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning ‘Good morning’ at total strangers.” 
Maya Angelou