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Spreading Happiness
Janice Canerdy


Sincere smiles, a        
Patient, sympathetic ear,
Readiness to reach out, and
Eagerness to communicate
Are wholesome traits
Displayed by unselfish
Individuals to whom kindness comes
Naturally. Some are so blessed,
Gifted in the art of making others happy.
Humanity thrives
And joy soars,
Perpetuated by
Pleasant-natured people
In a world too often cold.
Never naysay or under-
Estimate the power of
Smiles and compassion in a
Sea of frowns and hatred.

© by Janice Canerdy.
Used here with the author's permission.


Janice Canerdy is a retired high-school English teacher from Potts Camp, Mississippi. A poet since childhood, her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, contest journals, and poetry magazines over the years. Janice is the author of two books: Expressions of Faith (Christian Faith Publishers, 2016, now out of print) and From Serious to Slapstick--Poems, Like Life (Doctors Dream Publishing, 2024). A former president of the Mississippi Poetry Society, she is honored to have been named their Poet of the Year.



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Posted 05/16/2024 10:13 AM
Well done!!!
Posted 05/15/2024 10:20 PM
Janice Galt:
Laugh, think, cry each day, and bring a smile wherever you go. Thank you!
Posted 05/15/2024 03:34 PM
Lori Levy:
So true--"the power of/smiles and compassion in a/Sea of frowns and hatred."
Posted 05/15/2024 01:27 PM
A true thought, cleverly expressed!
Posted 05/15/2024 12:19 PM
So true!! May the message spread far and wide.
Posted 05/15/2024 11:37 AM
I will smile at all of the people I greet today when I leave the house.
Posted 05/15/2024 10:05 AM

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