The body of an adult human contains an incredible 100,000 km (60,000 miles) of blood vessels, and 13 billion nerve cells.

An adult has 206 bones. Nearly half of them are found in the hands and feet.

The adult human body has about 650 muscles. The smallest muscle is in the ear - only 1 millimeter long. It takes 60 muscles to frown, and only 13 muscles to smile - all the more reason to smile! We’re going to listen to some words about the effect of smiling:

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

It takes but a moment,
but the memory of it
sometimes lasts forever.
None is so rich or mighty

that they can get along without it,
and no-one is so poor
that they cannot be made rich by it.

A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in business,
and is the countersign of friendship.
It brings rest to the weary, cheerfulness to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad,
and it is nature’s best antidote in times of trouble.

Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen,
for it is something
that is of no value to anyone unless it is given away.

Some people are too tired
to give you a smile.

Give them one of yours,
as no-one needs a smile so much
as those who have no more to give.“
Nicholas Hutchinson, FSC.

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