World Smile Day
When is World Smile Day? This holiday is on the first Friday in October
World Smile Day celebrates the ever-popular yellow smiley. It also offers us an opportunity to do an act of kindness. According to the World Smile Day website, a proclamation of this day was made by the U.S. Congress. Now that should put a smile on your face.
The smiley face became so popular, that the U.S. Post Office issued a stamp with the smiley face.
The intent of World Smile Day is to do an act of kindness or help one person to smile. Why not do both!?
The yellow smiley stands brightly smiling upon this day, offering its stamp of approval.
About the Smiley Face
Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts created the smiley face in 1963. The State Mutual Life Assurance Company hired Harvey as a free lance artist to create a smiley face for use in improving company morale. From there, the bright and cheerful smiley grew in popularity. It’s popularity grew slowly at first. Then, it exploded in the 1970’s. Ultimately, the smiley became wildly popular.
There is some controversy over the smiley’s creation. French entrepreneur named Franklin Loufrani claimed to have invented it in 1968. In 1971 he patented it in 80 countries.
How to Celebrate World Smile Day
- Do an Act of kindness. It’s one of the key reasons for this holiday.
- Put a sincere smile on your face and keep it there all day long.
- Seek opportunities to make others smile today.
- Put smileys all over. Add them to emails and notes. Draw one on the chalkboard in school
The shortest distance between two people is a smile.
Bonus Quote: “Keep smiling because life’s a beautiful thing and there is so much to smile about.” – – Marilyn Monroe
History and Origin of World Smile Day
Harvey Ball of Worcester Ma. created World Smile Day. Concerned about the over-commercialization of his smiley, he felt one day a year should be dedicated to smiling and doing acts of kindness.
The first World Smiley Day celebration was on October 1, 1999. It is unclear why the date of the celebration was moved.
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