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“It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHY people didn’t smile in old photographs?

In 17th century Europe it was a well-established fact that the only people who smiled were the poor, the lewd, the drunk, the innocent, and the entertainment. In some circles smiling was even thought to be a sign of madness.

If you wanted to be seen as upper class and as a person of good character. You didn’t smile.

Sometimes I wonder if remnants of this thinking have followed us into the twenty-first century.

Too bad.

Because smiling is a disarming tactic, in the sense that it can provide encouragement to another when they are doing well, or provide assurance that they are not being judged when they reach out for help.

In a very real sense a smile can be like the morning light that scatters the night and makes the day worth living for someone who didn’t previously think so.


It costs you nothing to give the gift of your smile today.