World Smile Day is celebrated every year on the first Friday of October, so that means today, October 7 is World Smile Day!  People around the globe celebrate the day as a way to make people smile and to spread good cheer.

How Did It Originate?

World Smile Day was created by Harvey Ball, the artist credited with the creation of the first “Smiley Face.”   Though originally commissioned by State Mutual Life Assurance Company of America for a simple campaign in 1963, this image went on to become the symbol of good cheer around the planet.

Harvey Ball created World Smile Day in 1999 and encourages everyone to “Organize events to mark the day at school, work, with your organization or as an individual.  Recognize those who perform acts of kindness everyday.  Surprise those in need of a smile.”  

So today, do something to make someone around you smile.  Help out an older person, pay for the car behind you, make your child smile or buy a stranger lunch.  Smiles are contagious!  As a matter of fact, smiles and laughter are good for your health.

To end our post, here’s a great video on the hidden powers of smiling.

Keep Smiling!!

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