Smiles Are Free.

Banana SmileI don’t know if McDonald’s does this anymore, but they used to have these signs on their drive-thrus that said “Smiles Are Free.” I always liked that. Especially as a troublemaker trying to force the employees to give them to us ;)

I was reminded of this because my sister just sent our family one of the sweetest, and most wonderful, emails I’ve ever seen! She wants all of us to mail her pictures of us smiling, and then she’ll be converting them into mini-paintings to give to our dear grandmother :) She hasn’t been doing so hot in her hospital/living quarters recently, and the idea is to mail her one smile a day until she’s recouped! Doesn’t that just want to make you cry?

As sappy as it sounds, it reminds me of just how little money can affect happiness at times. Having a lot gives us options, of course, and I’ll continue pimping it out forever, but when you’re 80 and alone and not feeling that well, all the benjamins in the world aren’t gonna do it for ya. You can’t buy friends or family members! (at least not the good kind ;)) And this is something I personally need to remember more. I get so caught up in my own stuff that I tend to forget about what’s truly important in life – you human beings!

So today, I leave you with one big *smile*, right from the heart. It goes out to each and every one of you, and it’s priceless. You can’t buy THESE off the internet, baby!

// end sappiness

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  1. conqueringpersonalfinance March 5, 2010 at 2:52 PM


  2. Esperanza March 5, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Great Post!

  3. Neal@wealth pilgrim March 5, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    Cool and nice…but let's sell those stickers….we could make a fortune!

  4. Les@SpillingBuckets March 5, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    This post made me smile. :-D

  5. J. Money March 5, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Hey, thanks for all the :)'s! haha…and you're right Neal, if we can get our hands on those stickers we'd be rockin' it. If you create it online somewhere I'll pay for them to be made :)

  6. Investing Newbie March 5, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    ;) that's a smile and a wink…

  7. James March 5, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    So many people recognize me and associate me with a smile. They're always worried if I'm not. Smile BIG everyone!!

  8. financesforlife March 5, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    Amazing post :)

  9. Single Guy Money March 6, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    That's a very cool gift that doesn't cost a lot. Sweet!

  10. J. Money March 6, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    haha, yeah I get the "what's wrong man? everything okay?" talk too whenever I'm not smiling. funny how people notice things :)

  11. Financial Samurai March 6, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    This is exactly what my manager at McDonald's told me when I worked there ages ago.

    He told us to smile more and stop speaking spanish in front of the customers. Yo no se porque?!

  12. donkee March 7, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    give me back that filet o fish, give me back that fish!

    sorry…it's been stuck in my head for a lifetime… :D

  13. Moving on up! March 7, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    It's sappy but so true!

  14. Simple in France March 7, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    I've seen that lesson first hand lately, and it's great that you chose to post on it–Cheesy or not.

  15. J. Money March 7, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    glad you all enjoyed :) and thanks a lot Donkee!!! finally got that song out of my head and you bring it back! haha…oh man…

  16. Shaun McGowan March 8, 2010 at 1:07 AM

    This is a really nice post! :)

  17. MK March 8, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Thanks for the smile today!

  18. J. Money March 9, 2010 at 8:26 AM

    They're free, baby ;)