I found this in a wonderful, important book, Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People”. It was written many years ago, and its for dealing in the workplace, families and any relationship. Its a must read!
In a department store in NYC many years ago, in recognition of the pressures its sales clerks were under during the Christmas(and Hannukah or Kwanza) rush, presented the readers of its advertisements with the following homely philosophy:
The Value of a Smile At Christmas( I am adding that there are other holidays at that time!)
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 til 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!