There are two ways to live life --one as a hungry
dog, snarlingly guarding a bone, or as a kitten, joyfully playing
with a ball of yarn. Which do you prefer? As the
snarling dog, you will be in endless conflict, people will dislike
and fear you and rejoice at your misfortunes and failures; while
if life's problems are met with a smile, you will attract people
to you as does the sunny side of the street on a bright, cold
day. The perpetual snarl snarls up your blood, snarls
up your liver and heart action, and shorten your life. It
comes high to own and hold snarls in your system. Your destiny
is the harvest of your thoughts, therefore you are master of your
destiny. You can paint it a harmonious picture, or a
discordant one. It is not pigment or brushes that will paint
this picture, but your predominating thoughts.
The greatest possession for anyone in the building
of the success atmosphere is a Smile Factory. If you do not
possess one, start at once, and if you do possess one, enlarge its
capacity. There is no power greater than a merry heart to
produce and build up a healthy atmosphere and a Smile Factory is
the establishment whose sole working partner is a merry heart.
The person who owns a smile factory is seldom
defeated. Some do not realize this, but imagine character
alone is all that is necessary. Character is an important
asset, but when a partner of smiles, its values is doubled.
Smiles lighten your burdens, bridge disappointments, attract
friends and help in all walks of life. Smiles produce
advancement in positions of trust over the heads of those who do
not know the value of a smile. The smile consciousness irons
out the lines of care and worry that the passing years have etched
upon your face. It fills your atmosphere with pep until you
may become a veritable dynamo.
For instance, take the salesman in a large
department store with a vinegary atmosphere. He can make
customers forget what they came to purchase. He can
virtually drive them away. He will seldom advance and will
continually blame the world for his ill luck, while the salesman
who owns a Smile Factory will attract customers, induce them to
increase their purchases and continue to advance year after year.
Two men may attempt to get a berth in a sleeping
car, in which there are only two berths left --an upper and a
lower. The conductor will feel the atmosphere of both
men. Both may have asked for a berth with the same words,
but the man with the sunny atmosphere nine times out of ten will
get the lower berth and the grouch will get the upper one and
never understand why.
To build a Smile Factory just takes a little
thought. Train yourself to see the bright side of each
problem. Read jokes and funny stories and remember the good
ones. When the conversation is not pleasing, turn on a good
story and see the effect of it. We make light of the
chestnut tree, but enjoy its shade, and its branches often protect
us from rainstorms. If anything has annoyed you on the way
to the store, or office, walk around a block before you go in and
think of some good
joke. Fix it in your mind; reflect it in
your face as you enter. The proprietor may be entering at
the same time. If your face is radiant with sunshine he will
notice it. If he does not notice it, he will feel your
atmosphere. It may be just the tonic he needs. He will
be attracted to you and more inclined to consider favorably your
recent request for an increase.
Smiles are just cutting coupons from the Bond of
Success and cashing them daily. Smiles go a long way to win
the sweetheart you so much desire. Your rival may have more
worldly wealth; nature may have endowed him with a more attractive
physique than yours, but if all the advantages he has are plus a
vinegary atmosphere, the chances are the product of your Smile
Factory will win for you the day. Smiles are the key that
unlocks the good things of life. Build a Smile Factory this
very day and earth will commence to shower its blessings upon
you. Then, don't forget that age is only a man-made product.
Smile and smile again when someone talks to you of
advancing age. Laugh, and laugh again at the spectre of
something that has never existed except in the minds of slaves
enchained by conventional thinking. Then, if you laugh hard
enough and sincerely enough at this age-old delusion, it will
never get near enough to overtake you.
|Smiles are earth's tonic,
The aeroplanes of joy,
That carry us o'er the valley of age,
With a mind and soul of a boy.