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Smile, though your heart…

April 12, 2010



    Smile though your heart is aching;
    Smile even though it’s breaking.
    When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by. 

    If you smile through your fear and sorrow,
    Smile and maybe tomorrow,
    You’ll see the sun come shining through for you.

    Light up your face with gladness,
    Hide every trace of sadness.
    Although a tear may be ever so near,
    That’s the time you must keep on trying,

    Smile, what’s the use of crying?
    You’ll find that life is still worthwhile,
    If you just smile.

    That’s the time you must keep on trying,
    Smile, what’s the use of crying?
    You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
    If you just smile.

Lyrics by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons.
Music written by Charlie Chaplin, 1936.

Hospital Humor (to help with the “smiling”)

A man comes into the ER and yells, "My wife’s going to have her baby in the cab!"

I grabbed my stuff, rushed out to the cab, lifted the lady’s dress and began to take off her underwear. Suddenly I noticed that there were several cabs and I was in the wrong one.

Submitted by Dr. Mark MacDonald, San Francisco, CA

At the beginning of my shift I placed a stethoscope on an elderly and slightly deaf female patient’s anterior chest wall.  "Big breaths." I instructed.


"Yes, they used to be." Replied the patient.

Submitted by Dr. Richard Byrnes, Seattle, WA

One day I had to be the bearer of bad news when I told a wife that her husband had died of a massive myocardial infarct.  Not more than five minutes later, I heard her reporting to the rest of the family that he had died of a "massive internal fart."

Submitted by Dr. Susan Steinberg

the patch During a patient’s two week follow-up appointment with his cardiologist, he informed me, his doctor, that he was having trouble with one of his medications.

"Which one ?" I asked.

"The patch. The nurse told me to put on a new one every six hours and now I’m running out of places to put it !"

I had him quickly undress and discovered what I hoped I wouldn’t see. Yes, the man had over fifty patches on his body!

Now, the instructions include removal of the old patch before applying a new one.

Submitted b y Dr. Rebecca St. Clair, Norfolk, VA

While acquainting myself with a new elderly patient, I asked, "How long have you been bedridden?"

After a look of complete confusion she answered, "Why, not for about twenty years – when my husband was alive.’

Submitted by Dr. Steven Swanson, Corvallis, OR

I was performing rounds at the hospital one morning and while checking up on a man I asked, "So how is your breakfast this morning?"

"It’s very good except for the Kentucky Jelly. I can’t seem to get used to the taste." Bob replied.

I then asked to see the jelly and Bob produced a foil packet labeled ‘KY Jelly.’

Submitted by Dr. Leonard Kransdorf, Detroit, MI

YUM KY-Jelly

purple mohawk A nurse was on duty in the emergency room when a young woman with purple hair styled into a punk rocker Mohawk, sporting a variety of tattoos, and wearing strange clothing, entered. It was quickly determined that the patient had acute appendicitis, so she was scheduled for immediate surgery.

When she was completely disrobed on the operating table, the staff noticed that her pubic hair had been dyed green and above it there was a tattoo that read, "Keep off the grass".

Once the surgery was completed, the surgeon wrote a short note on the patient’s dressing, which said "Sorry . . . had to mow the lawn."

Submitted by RN no name

As a new, young MD doing his residency in OB, I was quite embarrassed when performing female pelvic exams. To cover my embarrassment I had unconsciously formed a habit of whistling softly. The middle-aged lady upon whom I was performing this exam suddenly burst out laughing, further embarrassing me.

I looked up from my work and sheepishly said, "I’m sorry. Was I tickling you?"

She replied with tears running down her cheeks from laughing so hard. ‘No doctor but the song you were whistli
ng was, "Oh I wish I was an Oscar Mayer Wiener.”’

Dr. wouldn’t submit his name (wiener!)

 Oh I Wish I Were


groucho dr "I’m not feeling very well, I need a doctor immediately.”

“Ring the nearest golf course." Groucho Marx


Remember, Just Smile 

Smiling Flower Images: Microsoft Clipart

“…A simple strategy for how to survive those most difficult of days…just smile…”
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile

Research on the Beneficial Effects of Smiling

A Reason to Smile
An article from the APA (American Psychological Association) Monitor article about research on smiling done as part of the Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship Program.
ABC News: Smile for Success
Research is showing that happiness leads to success; success doesn’t necessarily lead to happiness. They conclude it is better to be happy than sad and that may put you on the road to success.
Science has shown that smiling really IS good for you
In another research setting, participants were either prevented or encouraged to smile by being instructed how to hold a pencil in their mouths. …
Smile, You Might Live Longer — and Enjoy It!
Apr 14, 2005 … Recent research revealed "that optimistic individuals reduced their risk of … She says that when you smile, you release more serotonin and …

Smiling in Trouble Quote

I love the man that can smile in trouble,
that can gather strength from distress
and grow brave by reflection.
– Thomas Paine

Smile on Wikipedia

"Smile" is a song, originally used as an instrumental theme in the soundtrack for the 1936 Charlie Chaplin movie Modern Times. Chaplin composed the music. While some believe the words were written by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons, the sheet music was sold with the lyrics accredited to Chaplin. In the lyrics, the singer is telling the listener to cheer up and that there is always a bright tomorrow, just as long as they smile.

"Smile" has become a popular standard since its original use in Chaplin’s film.

read the rest of the Wikipedia article

Glee Smile on iTunes

Download Smile (Charlie Chaplin’s song) by the cast of Glee from iTunes.

Price: $ 1.29 Genre: Soundtrack

Smiling in the Face of Adversity

In the Far East people always look on the bright side, even when life’s no joke.  Serenity is one of the salient qualities of the arts, religions and philosophies of the Far East. Far more significantly, it is also characteristic of the behavior of people of all ages and social classes as they face the trials and tribulations of everyday life.

…If people smile when they announce the death of a loved one, it is not through lack of feeling, but as if to say that what has happened was inevitable, to spare others from grieving and to avoid spoiling their enjoyment of life. There’s no need to make a fuss. Basically, life is just a game.

You can read the full article below.

Smile, smile, smile – Asian characteristic of smiling even in adversity – People at Play | UNESCO Courier | Find Articles at
An article from UNESCO Courier on the Asian characteristic of smiling even in adversity provided free by Find Articles.

Smile For Your Thoughts Control You

Smile, for your thoughts are telling;
Smile, for intent is compelling.
When there are clouds I know well,
I’ll excel…

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Erin permalink
    April 13, 2010 12:20 am

    I love the pic of the wiener with the blue ribbon. Reminds me of a song…

    Thanks for the smiles – and the giggles too!


  2. April 13, 2010 11:06 am

    well, that’s a lot of smilin’ for one day! and quite a bit of chuckling out loud as well!

  3. April 16, 2010 2:04 am

    I was smiling at first but then I just have to laugh a little while reading those stories 🙂 it just can’t be helped. And you know, if one has to be infected – let it be with a smile cause they are infectious right? and they do spread from one person to a nother 🙂


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