A Frown Turned Upside Down
by Helen Dowd

Proverbs 12:25.“Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.”

"Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed this morning?"

This question brings back memories of when I was a child and would get up grumpy? If one of my sisters asked me a question I would snap back at her with a nasty retort, and keep on frowning. But if Mom asked me the same question, with a smile on her face, it would often turn my grumpiness into a cheerful disposition.

Proverbs 17:22 says: "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine."

A smile from someone can actually make you feel better. And a smile you send to someone else can make his or her day. Have you ever noticed that if you look at a baby, and she throws one of her winning smiles at you, you cannot help but smile, even if previously you were feeling miserable?

A smile is a gift everyone can afford,
Whether mighty, rich, lowly, or poor.
It cannot be purchased. It's worth has no price.
It's a treasure no gold can procure.

To horde it, or store it, will do no one good:
It is something best given away.
For those who will give it, it takes little time,
And its SUNSHINE could make someone's day.

A smile can cheer the disheartened and sad,
And bring brightness to one with a frown.
Have you ever tried smiling to someone who's mad?
It will soon turn his frown upside down.

There's no one who needs a smile quite as much
As he who has not one to give.
Not the rich, nor the haughty, even though they may try
Can without the occasional smile live.

A smile can't be bought, borrowed, begged, nor yet stolen.
It is nature's best tonic for woe.
It's not hard to give, and so easy to catch,
And it's memory forever will glow.

When folks are too tired to give YOU a smile,
Then YOU give THEM one instead.
It may surprise you. Send one their way,
And to others THEIR smile soon will spread.

© Helen Dowd


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