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Ray’s Daily

October 14, 2021


“Share your smile with the world. It’s a symbol of friendship and peace.”

Christie Brinkley

While I am still healing it looks like the recent surgery on my right eye has improved my vision, yippee. Now I have more reason to smile and enjoy the smiles of others. I find smiles to be contagious and those who offer them to be my favorite people. Here is a piece that reminds us of the value of smiling.

Reason to Smile

Comedian George Burns said that he was advised to . . . ‘Let a smile be your umbrella.’

He said, ‘I tried that once. I had pneumonia for six weeks and shrunk a $450 suit.’ All right. Maybe it won’t keep you dry in the rain, but there are other good reasons to smile. It’s said that it requires more muscles to frown than to smile, and who wants to overwork their facial muscles?

Smiling also puts others at ease and helps establish instant rapport. And if that isn’t enough, when you smile it releases endorphins in your brain and gives you a feeling of well-being and contentment. So, if you smile when you don’t feel like it, you’ll soon be smiling just because it feels so good.

Here are a few more reasons to smile

1. Smiling is a universal language that everyone knows

2. People will enjoy being around you when you smile

3. Smiling reduces stress, which may improve your overall health

4. Smiling will change the sound qualities of your voice when you speak or sing

5. A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive it, without making poorer those who give

6. When you smile at a stranger, you just might change a life

7. It takes only a moment, but the memory of it lingers far after the moment has passed

8. A smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away

9. And finally, some people are too emotionally drained to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as no one needs a smile so much as one who has no more to give.

Why not give out a few extra smiles today . . . and be prepared to get some back.

Written by Steve Goodier


“Smiling is definitely one of the best beauty remedies. If you have a good sense of humor and a good approach to life, that’s beautiful.”

Rashida Jones


“Procrastinator’s Creed”

1. I believe that if anything is worth doing, it would have been done already.

2. I shall never move quickly, except to avoid more work or to find excuses.

3. I will never rush into a job without a lifetime of consideration.

4. I shall meet all of my deadlines directly in proportion to the amount of bodily injury I could expect to receive from missing them.

5. I firmly believe that tomorrow holds the possibility for new technologies, astounding discoveries, and a reprieve from my obligations.

6. I truly believe that all deadlines are unreasonable regardless of the amount of time given.

7. I shall never forget that the probability of a miracle, though infinitesimally small, is never exactly zero.

8. If at first I don’t succeed, there is always next year.

9. I shall always decide not to decide, unless of course I decide to change my mind.

10. I shall always begin, start, initiate, take the first step, and/or write the first word, when I get around to it.

11. I obey the law of inverse excuses which demands that the greater the task to be done, the more insignificant the work that must be done prior to beginning the greater task.

12. I know that the work cycle is not plan/start/finish, but is wait/plan/plan.

13. I will never put off until tomorrow, what I can forget about forever.

14. I will become a member of the ancient Order of Two-Headed Turtles (the Procrastinator’s Society) if they ever get it organized.


Anything preying on my mind would starve to death.


Two judges were each arrested on speeding charges.  When they arrived in court on the appointed day, no one was there, so instead of wasting time waiting around they decided to try each other.

One took the stand and the other said, “How do you plead?”


“That’ll be fifty dollars and a warning from the court.” The two judges shook hands and changed places.

“How do you plead?” asked the judge.


The judge reflected for a moment, and said, “These reckless driving cases are becoming all too common of late.  In fact, this is the second such incident in the last fifteen minutes. That will be two hundred dollars and ten days in jail.”


A sign in the Red Dog Saloon, Juneau, Alaska, reads:  

“If our food, drinks, and service aren’t up to your standards, please lower your standards.”


Getting away from their high-stress jobs, a couple spends relaxing weekends in their motor home.  When they found their peace and quiet disturbed by well-meaning, but unwelcome, visits from other campers, they devised a plan to assure themselves some privacy.

Now, when they set up camp, they place this sign on the door of their RV: “Insurance agent.  Ask about our term-life package.”


Visa is everywhere you want to be, except out of debt.


Friends took their first-grader on a car trip to Canada.

To help pass the time, the boy practiced his new reading skills by calling out road signs.

He fell asleep just before they entered Quebec.

When he awoke he saw the French highway signs and said in a worried tone.

“I think I forgot how to read while I was asleep.”


“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”

Oprah Winfrey


A man goes to the doctor and tells him that he hasn’t been feeling well.

The doctor examines him, leaves the room and comes back with three different bottles of pills.

The doctor says, “Take the green pill with a big glass of water when you get up. Take the blue pill with a big glass of water after lunch. Then just before going to bed, take the red pill with another big glass of water.”

Startled to be put on so much medicine the man stammers, “Jeez doc, exactly what’s my problem?”

Doctor says, “You’re not drinking enough water.”


“Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A ‘you can do it’ when things are tough.”

Richard M. Devos


Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than twenty years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.


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