Not long ago there was a newspaper story of a little boy who had come in contact with a live wire that had been allowed to be unguarded. It touched one side of his face, burning and paralyzing it. In court the boy’s lawyer asked the little fellow to turn toward the jury and smile. He tried. One side of his face smiled, but the injured side puckered up in a hideous and pitiful contortion. The jury took just twenty minutes to award the boy twenty thousand dollars. That was certified as the legal value of a smile. Fireman’s Fund Record
The trouble with many men is that they have got just enough religion to make them miserable. If there is not joy in religion, you have got a leak in your religion. Billy Sunday sermon, New York 1914
In church one Sunday someone noticed a small child who was turning around smiling at everyone. He wasn’t gurgling, spitting, humming, tearing the hymnbooks apart, or rummaging through his mother’s purse. He was just smiling. Suddenly his mother jerked him around, and in a whisper that everyone could hear, said, “Stop grinning. You’re in church.” With that she gave him a slap on his hind side, and as the tears rolled down his cheeks she added, “That’s better,” and returned to her prayers. The boy said “if you can’t smile in church, where can you be happy?”
Holiday Inn, when looking for 500 people to fill positions for a new facility, interviewed 5,000 candidates. The hotel managers interviewing these people excluded all candidates who smiled fewer than four times during the interview. This applied to people competing for jobs in all categories. Bits & Pieces, March 3, 1994, p. 11.
One tired waitress to another: “I always start the day with a smile — and get it over with.” “Almanac” in Minneapolis Tribune
A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. Charles Gordy in Thomaston, Ga., Times.
Researchers at the University of Michigan say the average child laughs 150 times a day, and the average adult laughs only 15 times.
Someone said, “Happy is the person who can laugh at himself. He will never cease to be amused.”