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Do you want to be remembered with love everywhere? Learn to be an encourager. It isn't hard to do: it's as simple as smiling and saying something nice to at least one person, every day.
Too many people these days walk around thinking they're nobodies with nothing to offer and no beauty - either inside or out. In this world full of pain and poor self-esteem, a simple kind word can be like a spring of fresh water in the desert.
Think about it. Not only are smiles and kind words entirely free - they're as good for you as the recipient. Smiling uses more muscles than frowning, and just the words "It's great to see you" can lift some depressed soul from the depths of gloom. I still remember a day, more than 15 years ago, when a complete stranger greeted me kindly on the streets of Dayton, OH. My mind had been whirling with my troubles - but after that kind greeting, my entire outlook was brighter. My problems didn't end, but I was better able to cope. Now, wherever I go, I offer encouragement and a smile.
Always remember, if you find someone without a smile, give them one of yours!
Source: Personal experience, brought to mind by Joel Osteen's sermon.
By Lelia Jo Cordell from Springfield, OH
This is not a tip to save money or time. It is one that does bring a warmth to your heart. The most simplest gift you can give to someone is a smile and/or a prayer. Both of which costs the giver nothing but to the receiver can mean everything.
In today's world, things have changed, some changes good and some not so good. If these are hard on someone who is vibrant, strong and full of energy, think of how it is for those who may not be so lucky. They may be down and feel discouraged. Me, not knowing anyone's circumstances, when I look at them, I just give a big smile. I get one back without fail. It does make the heart feel warm and you feel better yourself.
When I see that someone is having difficulty, a little prayer is said for them. They need not know and I may not know their name but God does. Two gifts are given and though the cost is nothing, the rewards are truly golden.
By Nita Henderson from Southgate, MI
I passed my childhood years in a simple home with honest, hard working and uncomplicated parents and two younger brothers. Ours was an immigrant family and we struggled daily to meet our essential needs. My small world consisted of Dad, Mom, my brothers, school, play, home cooked meals, church on Sunday, responsibilities consistent with my age and the security of a well ordered home. I was so very fortunate.
I didn't know what extras were and in the not knowing, I didn't have the craving or interest in the material seasonings in life. What I liked, wanted and needed, beyond my loving family, was color.
Color, all color, was vibrant and fed my young spirit. It stimulated my five senses and imagination. It shaped my personality and helped me form opinions and standards I live by today.
I'm 67 years old now and I still embrace color. I like them all, especially the basic ones. They're all cheery in their own way and they make me cheery so I don't have a favorite. Even sour lemons are a cheery yellow color so how can I pick one?
Here's a recent picture of me wearing my colors. My SIL snapped the photo on a day when she was cranky because she wasn't feeling well. We took a hike in the nearby woods and laughing at the colors I wore at my age, her crankiness disappeared. Color did it again, it initiated a good humor.
So how does this relate to being thrifty or frugal? For me it's simple. I see color and use color every day and in so doing, at heart and spirit, I'm still 7 years old.