Lord Baden-Powell on Cheerfulness

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65. A Scout goes above with a smile on and whistling.  It cheers him and cheers other people, especially in time of danger, for he keeps it up then all the same.

66. Want of laughter means want of health.  Laugh as much as you can; it does you good; so whoever you can get a good laugh, laugh on.  And make other people laugh, too, when possible, as it does them good.  If you are in pain on trouble, make yourself smile at it; if you remember to do this, and force yourself, you will find it really does make a difference.

67. A difficulty ceases to be a difficulty as son as you smile at it and tackle it.

68. A Scout’s life make him so cheerful that he is always on the grin.

69. “A smile will carry twice as far as a snarl”. A pat on the back is a stronger stimulus than a prick with a pin.

70.  If you look at a real wolf, he wears a big grin on his mouth.  So, too, the boy-Cub should always be smiling.  Even if you don’t feel like smiling – and sometimes you may feel more like crying – remember that Cubs never cry. In fact, Cubs always smile, and if they are in difficulty, in pain, in trouble, or in danger, they always grin and bear it.

71. With the Cubs, the Scout smile should be a laugh.  Laughter counteracts most of the evils of the very young and makes for cheery companionship and open-mindedness.  The boy who laughs much lies little.

72. Laugh while you work.

73. Brownies always smile, and if they are in difficult, in pain, in trouble, or in danger, they don’t cray, they just grin and bear it.

74. Guides never grumble at warships, nor whine at each other, nor frown when put out.

75. I think we Scouts might add one more to the seven Christian virtues – namely, Cheerfulness.

76. There is generally a funny side to even the worst time.

77. Good humor is as catching as the measles.

78.  There is a motto which says: “Bee good and you will be happy”. My version of it is: “Be good-humored and you’ll be happy”.

79. A good dose of laughing is to me like a bath for the brain.

80. See the worst, but look at the best.

81. Stand up to your difficulties: a stick and a smile will settle it.  Long ago I found by experience how true it was that “a stick and a smile will carry you through any difficulty in this world”; and further experience has told me that you can generally leave the stick at home.

82.  If a boy only makes himself wear a cheery countenance in the street it is something.  (Don’t forget he gains it from the example of his Scoutmaster).  It happifies or brightens up numbers of his passers by, among the depressing hundreds of glum faces that they otherwise meet.  The glum or the bright is equally infectious.

83. “A smile is a secret key that unlocks many hearts”.

84. Look on the bright side of things instead of the gloomy one.

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Baden-Powell of Gilwell, Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell – Mario Sica – Nuova Fiordaliso – 2002

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