Celebrate World Smile Day on 2 October
The world celebrates World Smile Day® on the first Friday in October each year. In 1963, Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts, created the iconic smiley face. The image is globally recognized as a symbol of goodwill, kindness, hope and cheer.
Show off your pearly whites
The theme of this special day is: “Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile.” The friendly yellow face sports an infectious smile that reminds us that it costs nothing to smile and be friendly. A smile is powerful and conveys positive energy. We can brighten someone’s day and make a huge difference in his or her circumstances by just blessing him or her with a genuine, warm and heartfelt smile.
Ball became concerned that the original meaning and intent behind his smiley face symbol would become lost due to over-commercialism. He meant for his smiley face to know no politics, geography and religion, and suggested that, for one day a year, neither should we. The very first World Smile Day® was held in 1999. This Friday the world will commemorate the 16th anniversary of the day. The Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation, created to honour Ball’s name and memory after he died in 2001, is the official sponsor of this special day.
Smile and change the world
Mother Theresa (1910-1997), a Roman Catholic missionary and religious sister, used to say: “Peace begins with a smile.” Imagine smiling at an enemy instead of waving a machine gun in his face! The world will be a better place.
Maya Angelou (1928-1994) an American poet and actress, said: “If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don’t be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning ‘Good morning’ at total strangers.”
Smile all your troubles away on World Smile day and make someone else’s day while you’re at it.