12 Days til Christmas ~ Smile

In Family Updates, Featured, Ministry Reports by David Waller6 Comments

With just twelve days until Christmas, it is important to think about the gifts that we can give. Here are twelve things you can give that cost nothing. Here is the first and one of the simplest.

1. Give the gift of a warm, loving smile

The first impression we make is more important than any of us may ever realize. Too often, we are more concerned about getting our errands run or tasks accomplished and fail to realize how many people around us could really be impacted by our warm, loving smile. If you think you have to be happy to smile, you are wrong. You can smile regardless of circumstances. As one once said, “To rejoice is a choice”  or, “Happiness depends on happenings, but joy comes from Jesus.”

If you do not feel like smiling, smile because you want to encourage those around you. If you think no one will see you, smile because God is watching. After all, it takes far more energy and muscles to frown than it does to smile. Some may say, “I don’t want to be a hypocrite” but the truth of the matter is, actions often come before feelings and if you choose to step out with a smile, your emotions will often catch up.

“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 cannot be enriched by it. A smile demonstrates joy 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… 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.” –Samson Raphael Hirsch

Tomorrow, we will post another life-changing gift you can give for free!


  1. Thoughts and prayers go out to the families in CT. Now more than ever we need to remember the blessings of Christmas.

  2. It is a long-held belief that it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile.[16] It is difficult to determine exactly how many muscles are involved in smiling or frowning as there is a wide range of facial expressions that might be considered a frown or a smile. At minimum ten muscles are required to smile in which only the upper lip and corners of the mouth are lifted.[17] A similarly minimal frown requires only six muscles to lower the corners of the mouth.[17] According to plastic surgeon Dr. David H. Song of the University of Chicago Medical Center, however, frowning requires 11 muscles while smiling requires 12.[18]This method of counting the number of muscles used in generating a facial expression does not take into account the energy consumed by each muscle or the individual variability in facial muscles. While humans share facial musculature to express the universal emotions some humans have more muscles in their face and may use more of them when smiling or frowning.[19]

    When making “scientific” statements at least take the five seconds to look it up on Wikipedia.

    1. Wikipedia is not a good source for scientific information.

      I don’t care which uses more muscles, smiling leads to feeling better, IMHO.

  3. The 12 Days of Christmas started on Christmas and end on Epiphany, January 6th. The time before the 12 days of Christmas is Advent. Historically Advent was a time of penance, similar to Lent but not as severe.

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