I’m reading How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie, and found this excerpt he took from a department store’s advertisement.  I know it’s a tad early to be thinking about Christmas, but if you check out HIS blog, stores are already in full swing!  It’s just a good thing to remember ANY time of year, really!

The Value of a Smile at Christmas

I wanted to share this – I thought it so fitting for the season – and so true.
A smile 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 are 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!