is a pleasant facial expression, usually indicating amusement, friendliness, etc..

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”

Joseph Addison (1672-1719); English essayist, poet, playwright and politician.

“Take control of your destiny. Believe in yourself. Ignore those who try to discourage you. Avoid negative sources, people, places, things and habits. Don't give up and don't give in.”

Wanda Hope Carter Motivational speaker, writer

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. ”

Phyllis Diller (born 1917); actress and comedian

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, and sometimes your smile is the source of your joy.”

Thich Nhat Hanh (born 1926); Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, peace activist

“A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive.”

Pearl Bailey (1918-1990); Singer, acress

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910); [Samuel Clemens] humorist, essayist, novelist

“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991); Writer, Cartoonist, Animator

“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 (1896-1940); American author

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, and sometimes your smile is the source of your joy.”

Thich Nhat Hanh (born 1926); Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, peace activist

“The visible sign of utter love is an undying smile.”

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Humanitarian

“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997); founder of the Missionaries of Charity

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Sara's Smile

As a freelance photographer it is not unusual that my computer and external hard drive contains several thousand images. To a stranger they might not mean a whole lot, but behind the scenes I believe each image contains a myriad of emotions. Whether it is one of my own personal family images or one from an assignment such as the…

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I am a generally unhappy person. But I, to get my family off my back, decided that I was going to smile a lot for a whole weekend. I found that when I smiled that often, I became much happier in general.

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The Perfect Role-Model

I have had a lot of things happen in my life that I have overcome. I am 15 years old. I have had good things happen in my life, and bad things happen in my life. I am very sensitive to other people’s feelings and I love to make people smile. My goal in life is to never regret anything…

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Share a Smile

I am used to people being grouchy all of the time. But one day, when I was with my grandmother at our local grocery store, we were waiting for a lady to pull out of a parking spot so we could get her spot. I honestly can't remember a time somebody smiled at me in a parking lot. But as…

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Life is good

“How’s the yard look?” He’d say his eyes shining with pride. I could tell he was anxiously awaiting my verdict. “Wonderful” I’d reply after I gave it a thorough inspection. I would recite all the changes I had found and he would smile contently. Every year at the first sign of spring my dad would begin spending countless hours sprouting…

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A Kind Thought

Just a couple of days ago I was facing difficult times in my life, especially in school. One day after school, I sat on the bus with my face leaning on the window. A million thoughts were running through my mind. I couldn’t help the feeling of disappointment and failure. It so happened that the town was building a side…

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"I Lived the Happiness and Will Carry It On "

Ever since I retired from teaching kindergarten-primary in 2010,I take time where ever I go to "smile" at children and they "smile " back. Just today in the supermarket, I heard laughter and saw a little boy . The supermarket was remodeling , so I said ,"It is pretty noisy in here and I almost didn't hear your laughter". I…

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Everyday Hero: Steve


He is my hero because of his funny humor and always has a smile on his face. He has gone through his own trouble with his wife passing away and still having that glow to make people laugh and smile. He is a positive person that is also a great Role model as he helps with fundraisers and never gets…

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Everyday Hero: Lawrence


My dad smiles a lot when he hears a joke example: Why did they chicken cross the street? He had to get his chicken laid eggs. Another example: How do u know that a ghosts is telling a lie? Because you can she right through them.

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Your Comments

Smiles cannot be bought, they are given freely & with compassion.
Joe 6 months ago from Marshall, Michigan

wow: smiling is my hubby, I love smiling, is all i need in life.
oluchi 8 months ago from Enugu Nigeria

I think I need to smile a little more to see if I'm happier.
Anderson over 1 year ago from Colatina

Smiling when you get out of bed every morning makes me have a good day!
noelle over 1 year ago from north carolina

When I see someone down I give them my bright smile and every time they see me I get a smile from them.
Ra-Von almost 2 years ago from Indianapolis, IN

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