"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 but that he can not 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 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."

-- believed to be based on the writings of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch

 

Even if a person gives their fellow all the good gifts in the world, but their face shows a negative mood, the Scriptures consider them as if they gave nothing.

But when a person greets their fellow with a positive attitude, even if the person gives their fellow nothing, the Scriptures consider them as if they gave all the good gifts in the world.


-- Avot DeRabbi Natan, 13:4

 

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