Suggestion #10 – Speak Softly and Smile

Last two suggestions before Yom Kippur:

Let’s work on the very first piece of advice that the Ramban gave his son in his Igeret HaRamban: “Get into the habit of always speaking calmly to everyone. This will prevent you from anger, a serious character flaw which causes people to sin.”

Second, let’s smile more.  In Pirkei Avos (1:15) Shammai says: Receive every person with a “sever panim yafos” (a pleasant countenance).  In other words, Smile at people when you greet them. Smiling at someone will not only lift their mood, but it is also contagious.  They will end up smiling at others who will smile at others and in the end, your one smile will change the world.   But not only are smiles good for others; they are good for you too. We know for a fact that smiling reduces stress, makes you happier and improves your overall heath.

May we all light up the world with our smiles and have a g’mar chasima tovah!

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1 Response to Suggestion #10 – Speak Softly and Smile

  1. Eve Heidi Bine-Stock says:

    Thank you for your 10 Suggestions. They were meaningful and helpful.

    Have an easy fast.

    Kind regards,

    Eve Heidi


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