World Smile Day

It’s World Smile Day – please take as many as you like and pass them on.

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Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts created the smiley face in 1963. That image went on to become the most recognizable symbol of good will and good cheer on the planet.

World Smile Day® - Worcester, MA

As the years passed Harvey Ball became concerned about the over-commercialization of his symbol, and how its original meaning and intent had become lost in the constant repetition of the marketplace.  Out of that concern came his idea for World Smile Day®. He thought that we, all of us, should devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts throughout the world.  The smiley face knows no politics, no geography and no religion.  Harvey’s idea was that for at least one day each year, neither should we.  He declared that the first Friday in October each year would henceforth be World Smile Day®. Ever since that first World Smile Day® held in 1999, it has continued every year in Smiley’s hometown of Worcester, MA and around the world.

After Harvey died in 2001, the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation was created to honor his name and memory.  The Foundation continues as the official sponsor of World Smile Day® each year. . .

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And from World Smile Day on Facebook:

* And another thing. What’s all this fuss in the US about “grin control”? Who needs that?…

* Maybe every country in the world should have a cabinet level Department of Smiles…

>Photo: As this eagerly awaited day begins, we at The Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation send smiles and best wishes to all our friends around the world. Our theme “Do an act of kindness.  Help one person smile” is a simple message but it carries such impact. It can be done without a thought, given freely, and have a positive effect beyond expectations.    We celebrate World Smile Day each year to focus attention and help us recall the original “mission” Smiley had, that was to reflect what we all hope to see in the face of others – a SMILE.  Smiley helps us remember and use the power of a smile .    On this day we call upon people around the globe to be thoughtful of others and use the power of smile and a kind act to make a small difference in the world in which we live.     We are impressed and pleased with the messages posted on the comments board in the article “World Smile Day Around The Country And The World”.  People from around the world, in schools, businesses, nursing homes, colleges, hospitals, communities, and as individuals have organized programs, events, acts of kindness and more.  This year through your efforts and the media we believe millions of people around the world will hear our message.  How impressive is that!  Imagine how subtlety and easily this will spread if we all continue to bring awareness to Harvey Ball and Smiley’s simple goal to “Do an act of kindness.  Help one person smile”.     We each can make a difference in our own special way.  And our combined efforts can make a difference in a big way.  But the best advice of all was from Harvey Ball himself - “Make everyday a World Smile Day”.   Again, thank you to all who have participated in World Smile Day 2012. You have made us smile!

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